Ebola Virus Disease

The current outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo . There have not been any cases of Ebola in the Caribbean, and the overall risk assessment for the Caribbean region remains low. Continued monitoring of the situation will be conducted by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). The level of risk may change as new information becomes available.

Ebola virus disease (EVD) is one of numerous viral hemorrhagic fevers. It is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). Ebola is caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus. When infection occurs, symptoms usually begin abruptly. The first Ebolavirus species was discovered in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo near the Ebola River.

Event Summary

This recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was first reported on 1 August 2018. It is the second-biggest Ebola epidemic ever recorded, the biggest being the West Africa outbreak of 2014-2016.  Up to date case counts and further information on the ongoing outbreaks in Africa can be found on the World Health Organization website. Click here

CARPHA Statement on Ebola

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is responsible for preventing disease, promoting and protecting health. Key functions of the Agency include providing leadership and coordination of regional public health responses to public health emergencies in the Caribbean. In light of the World Health Organization’s declaration of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in July 2019, as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, and bearing in mind the reality of rapid international travel, CARPHA seeks to keep the Caribbean population abreast of the Ebola public health issue and of the mechanisms being put in place to address this issue. Read more...

CARPHA Response to the ebola epidemic - Democratic Republic of the Congo

On July 17, 2019 the WHO declared the current Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Currently, although the risk remains high for the DRC and surrounding countries, at the global level, the risk remains low. To date, no cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in the Caribbean region or countries outside of Central Africa.  Read more...

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Updated August, 2019

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