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Ebola Virus Disease outbreak Bikoro, DRC

On May 8th 2018, the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, along with the World Health Organization, declared an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Bikoro, DRC. Both the DRC Ministry of Health and the WHO are providing regular situation reports on the number of confirmed, probable, and suspected cases/deaths.

Caitlin M. Rivers, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Engineering and a senior associate in the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University, has been digitizing those reports and making them available via a GitHub repository. Professor Rivers also led the NIH MIDAS consortium efforts to digitize and share EVD data during the 2014-15 outbreak in West Africa [see Rivers 2018].

To visually explore the EVD data coming from the DRC, I ingested the digitized EVD data into Dharma.ai using their automated data import tool. Below, you can see a distribution of case reports coming from three different health regions in the DRC by reporting month. I enabled custom filtering, so feel free to explore the data for yourself. For example, you might add a custom filter for “Confirmed Cases” >= 1. Happy data sciencing!


Here are the suspected deaths, which occurred going back to January 2018 according to the DRC Ministry of Health. You can tell they were reported by the DRC MoH if you apply a filter for “Data reporting source.”


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