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Some DRC Suspected Ebola Cases Test Negative, Dropping Total Number To 51, Health Ministry Says

CIDRAP News: Ebola cases drop as more specimens test negative
“Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) officials said some suspected cases of Ebola have tested negative for the disease, dropping the total number of cases to 51 from 54. Of the cases, 35 are confirmed, 13 are probable, and three are suspected, the DRC health ministry said [Tuesday]. Two of the suspected cases are new, one in Iboko and one in Wangata, the urban zone located within Mbandaka, a city of more than one million people…” (Schnirring, 5/30).

IRIN: Ebola: Fear, suspicion, and anger along Congo’s river of worry
“…For now, authorities seem to believe the outbreak is contained in Équateur Province, but fears remain that it could hitch a ride up or down the largely unmonitored Congo River and become a major epidemic. ‘All it takes is one sick person to travel down the Congo River and we can have outbreaks seeded in many different locations… that can happen at any moment, it’s very hard to predict,’ Peter Salama, the WHO’s head of emergency response, told Reuters news agency last week…” (da Silva, 5/30).

VOA News: Doctors Race to Vaccinate 1,000 People in Congo Against Ebola
“…VOA’s Carol Pearson reports that efforts to vaccinate people exposed to Ebola started more than 10 days ago…” (Pearson, 5/31).

Xinhua News: WHO issues advice for int’l travelers about DRC Ebola outbreak
“The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued travel advice for international travelers in relation to the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), following the latest disease development as of Wednesday…” (5/31).

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