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Number Of Confirmed Ebola Cases Reaches 30, Congo Officials Say; Outbreak Has Potential To Spread, WHO Warns

Associated Press: Congo says Ebola cases have reached 30, warns against rumors
“Congo’s Ministry of Health said Thursday the number of confirmed Ebola cases has reached 30, including eight deaths in the three affected health zones in the country’s Equateur province. … As of Thursday, Congo’s health ministry reports a total of 58 cases of hemorrhagic fever: 30 confirmed Ebola cases, 14 probable, and 14 suspected…” (Mwanamilongo, 5/24).

Deutsche Welle: Ebola virus in DRC has ‘potential to expand’ WHO reports
“The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the Ebola virus in the DRC could spread to other countries. Congo’s neighbors have started taking steps to stem a possible cross-border spread of the disease…” (5/23).

Reuters: Why the world needs more than one Ebola vaccine
“In the life-and-death race to make the first effective vaccine against Ebola, one company — Merck — seems bound to win. But others drugmakers, such as Johnson & Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline, are also in the running — and must stick with it even though they are unlikely to make a profit, experts say, because the world needs more than one Ebola vaccine…” (Kelland/Hirschler, 5/23).

Additional coverage of the DRC Ebola outbreak is available from Al Jazeera, Global Health NOW, NBC News, Reuters, Thomson Reuters Foundation, and Washington Post.