DRC Ebola Outbreak Continues To Grow; Strain From 2017 Outbreak Discovered As Novel Variant

CIDRAP News: 2017 DRC Ebola event tied to novel strain as current outbreak grows
“A new analysis of a 2017 Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that occurred in a remote location and was limited to 16 cases involved a novel variant of the virus and was probably triggered [by a] single spillover, according to a new study. In other Ebola developments, World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine advisors this week recommended that lactating women and babies older than 6 months be included in the Ebola ring vaccination campaign, and the DRC’s health ministry [Friday] reported 10 more cases…” (Schnirring, 4/5).

Additional coverage of the DRC Ebola outbreak and response is available from Agence France-Presse (2), NPR, and Xinhua News.