Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola

Department for International Development written question – answered on 24th June 2019.

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Photo of Liz McInnes Liz McInnes Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the level of risk of Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo spreading to other countries in Africa.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

On 11 June, the first cross-border cases of Ebola since this outbreak began in August 2018 were confirmed in Uganda. Although these were quickly contained, the risk of further spread to countries neighbouring eastern DRC remains high. This is why the UK has been the leading donor to regional preparedness efforts, helping support a range of activities, including the construction of screening facilities at border crossings and the vaccination of health workers.

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