1 August 2018 to 5 January 2020: More than 2,200 people killed
Since the outbreak was declared in the DRC on 1 August 2018, Ebola has infected more than 3,300 people including 2,233 who had died as of 5 January 2020.
Despite a huge international response, the epidemic is still not yet under control and continues to spread, with isolated cases recently reported in neighbouring Uganda and in Goma, a Congolese city of two million people located on the border with Rwanda.
During the first eight months of the epidemic, until March 2019, more than 1,000 cases of Ebola were reported in the region. This number doubled between April and June 2019, with a further 1,000 new cases reported in three months, and remained high between early June and the beginning of August, averaging between 75 and 100 each week.
Since August, this rate has been slowly declining, with just 70 cases identified throughout the month of October.
As of 5 January, the DRC’s Ministry of Health reported 3,388 total cases of Ebola, of which 3,270 were confirmed Ebola cases. Cases have been found across 28 health zones in Ituri and North Kivu provinces, which share 47 health zones in total – and nine of these zones have had new confirmed cases in the past 21 days (the maximum incubation period for Ebola), meaning they are considered ‘active transmission zones’. A third province, South Kivu, has also recently recorded cases in Mwenga health zone.
While there are positive signs that the number of cases is gradually reducing, the outbreak remains a serious public health concern, and it is unclear when it may end.