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Ebola Outbreak Identified In DRC; Health Minister Says Strain Unrelated To West African Outbreak

News outlets report on an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is said to be unrelated to the outbreak in West Africa.

BBC News: Ebola outbreak confirmed by DR Congo
“The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed that an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever in the north of the country has been identified as Ebola…” (8/24).

Bloomberg News: Ebola Kills 13 in Congo Outbreak Separate From W. Africa
“The Democratic Republic of Congo said as many as 13 people have died of Ebola in a separate outbreak from the one raging in three West African nations. It is the sixth reported outbreak in that country since 1976…” (Wild/Pettypiece, 8/25).

CNN: Ebola cases appear in DR Congo; doctor given promising drug dies in Liberia
“…The central African nation said its test showed that the [Ebola] strain is different from the one that has killed nearly 1,500 people in the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria…” (Karimi, 8/25).

Deutsche Welle: DRC confirms first Ebola cases, making it fifth African nation affected by outbreak
“The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed its first cases of Ebola in an epidemic that has hit four other African nations. Seventy people have died in DRC in the past 10 days of a previously unidentified fever…” (8/24).

NPR: Ebola Outbreak Reportedly Spreads To Central Africa
“Two Ebola-related deaths have emerged in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country’s health ministry says. If confirmed, it would be the first time in the present outbreak that the disease has killed outside of a handful of West African nations…” (Neuman, 8/24).

Reuters: Congo declares Ebola outbreak in northern Equateur province
“Democratic Republic of Congo declared an Ebola outbreak in its northern Equateur province on Sunday after two out of eight cases tested came back positive for the deadly virus, Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said…” (Bakyumanya, 8/24).

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