South Africans' Ebola infection risk from DRC outbreak very low - NICD

The number of Ebola outbreak cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have reportedly reached the 2000 mark.

The outbreak first began in the eastern parts of the country in August 2018.

With people travelling around the continent, should South Africa be concerned about these rising numbers of Ebola infections in the DRC?

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases deputy director Dr Lucille Bloomberg says South Africans have nothing to worry about as there are no direct flights from where the outbreak originated.

Read: There's an Ebola outbreak in the DRC and this is how doctors plan to contain it

I think the chances are very low, we are quite far from the outbreak. It is in the North West and there is no trade in that area and I really think it is not a risk to South Africa.

Dr Lucille Bloomberg, Deputy director - National Institute for Communicable Diseases

The outbreak has been going on for about a year now and there haven't been any reported cases outside of the DRC.

Dr Lucille Bloomberg, Deputy director - National Institute for Communicable Diseases

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