An outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised that the risk of Ebola infection for most travellers to DRC is low and that only those going to the outbreak area or who otherwise have contact with a person with Ebola are at risk.
CDC also advises travellers to seek immediate medical care if they develop fever, headache, body aches, sore throat, diarrhea, weakness, vomiting, stomach pain, rash, or red eyes during or after travel to an affected area.
For more information and advice from WHO, see https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/ebola-virus-disease
The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for Ebola in the DRC has reinforced the need to protect the livelihoods of people most affected by the outbreak by keeping transport routes and borders open.
Facts from the World Health Organisation
Wherever you plan to travel overseas, always take out a travel insurance policy that covers emergency repatriation and medical costs and check the latest travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice