A monthly update on disease outbreaks around the world, from our lead nurse JO THOMPSON. 


An updated information sheet on COVID-19  is available to download here. You can also visit our website for more resources related to COVID-19:

Ebola in DRC

  • On the 10th April 2020, there have been 3 new cases of Ebola in DRC. 2 people have died and a girl is being treated for the virus.

  • The last person confirmed to have Ebola was discharged from an ebola treatment centre on the 3rd March 2020 after recovering and testing negative for the virus twice.

  • Ebola began in DRC in August 2018 in the north east of the country.  As of 17 March 2020,  a total of 3444 cases have been confirmed with 2264 deaths.  

  • The risk to travellers is generally extremely low. 

  • When we are able to travel again and any individuals are going to DRC then please remember; If you are unwell within 21 days post trip to DRC then get medical advice.  Call NHS 111 or contact your GP by telephone.  Mention that you have returned from DRC and may have a potential exposure to Ebola and include the dates and itinerary of your travel.

  • More information here.

Yellow Fever in Ethiopia:

  • In April, there have been confirmed cases of Yellow Fever in the Gurage zone, (south of Addis Ababa).   

  • There have been 85 cases including 4 deaths.

  • A rapid vaccination program has been set up in that area. 

  • There is a risk of Yellow fever in Ethiopia and the vaccine is advised for travellers.  

  • More information on vaccines and malaria advice for Ethiopia can be found here.

World Malaria Day - 25 April:

  • Please remember when you are travelling to a malaria area then use malaria chemoprophylaxis and speak to a travel health professional. 

  • Please find more information on malaria and malaria chemoprophylaxis on our resources pages. 

Information from Travel Health Pro, World Health Organisation, Travax and Fit for Travel.