DRC Declares End to Ebola Outbreak; CDC Ends Traveler Follow-Up

May 04, 2021

Health officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared an end to the Ebola outbreak in the country on Monday. The outbreak – which began Feb. 7 in North Kivu province – led to 11 confirmed cases, one probable case and six deaths across four health zones. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), results from genome sequencing linked the first detected case to the earlier outbreak in the same province, but the infection’s source is yet to be determined. 

In a statement issued Monday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, congratulated all involved in bringing an end to the outbreak. He noted that potential flare-ups are still possible, however, and emphasized the need for continued vigilance to prevent a return of the disease and to contain other health challenges. 

Additionally, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the rescission of a requirement for airlines and aircraft operators to collect designated information for passengers who are departing from, or were otherwise present in, DRC within 21 days prior to entry into the U.S. The agency based the rescission on the CDC director’s determination that such passengers are no longer at risk of Ebola exposure. However, the requirement remains in effect for Guinea, which was also included as part of the agency’s Feb. 26 public health measures

AABB reminds members that blood donor screening for Ebola virus is not required. AABB continues to monitor CDC communications related to Ebola and will provide updates as they are available.