Haemorrhagic disease outbreak in Equateur Province, DRC, not Ebola

A spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the outbreak of a haemorrhagic gastrointestinal disease in remote Equateur Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is not due to Ebola virus. However, the cause of the illness that has affected almost 600 people with 70 deaths is still unknown until laboratory tests are completed. Among the dead are 5 health care workers.

Until the cause of this outbreak is identified, the best advice for any travellers in this area is to avoid contact with sick people and maintain good personal hygiene, including frequent hand washing.