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DRC Government, WHO Confirm Ebola Outbreak In Country’s Northwest; Officials Record 21 Suspected Cases, 17 Deaths

Associated Press: Congo health ministry confirms 2 Ebola cases in new outbreak
“Congo’s government on Tuesday declared a new outbreak of Ebola in the country’s rural northwest, after two cases of the deadly virus were confirmed in Bikoro. Congo’s health ministry said that of the five samples sent to the National Institute of Biological Research in Kinshasa, two came back positive for the Zaire strain of Ebola in the country’s Equateur Province…” (Mwanamilongo/Petesch, 5/8).

Newsweek: Ebola Virus Returns: Latest Outbreak in Congo Kills 17
“…The announcement came after two new cases were confirmed in the town of Bikoro in northwestern Congo. There have been 21 cases and 17 deaths in the past five weeks, according to WHO…” (Perez, 5/8).

Reuters: Seventeen deaths reported in Congo as Ebola outbreak confirmed
“…It is the ninth time Ebola has been recorded in the central African nation, whose eastern Ebola river gave the deadly virus its name when it was discovered there in the 1970s, and comes less than a year after its last outbreak which killed eight people. … Medical teams supported by the World Health Organization and medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres were dispatched to the zone on Saturday…” (Nyemba/Mahamba, 5/8).

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