Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda

Location:  Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Event:  On July 14, 2019, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo reported a confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease in the city of Goma in the province of North Kivu.  Over 2,500 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in health zones of Congo’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces since the first confirmed case was reported in August, 2018.

The CDC has issued a Level 2 Travel Notice for the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Ebola is one of the hemorrhagic fever illnesses.  The virus is transmitted through direct contact with infected persons or their blood, bodily fluids; through direct contact (handling or washing) with infected corpses; or through contact with objects that have been in contact with infected secretions.

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Visit the CDC Travel Notice on Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has information on this outbreak.
  • Visit the CDC Travelers’ Health Page for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which includes information on Ebola.
  • Review the Rwanda country page for general health information.
  • Monitor alerts from the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa.
  • Continue to take malaria prophylaxis as recommended, as the symptoms of malaria can mimic symptoms of Ebola, leading to preventable health scares.


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