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Ebola threat eases

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6991.1353 (Published 27 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1353

Zaireans and foreign health workers were cautiously hopeful this week that the worst of the Ebola epidemic was over (see editorial on p1344). Sunday saw the lifting of the blockade between the Kikwit region and the capital, Kinshasa.

Zaire's last outbreak in Yambuku, a small village, in 1976 killed 275 people. Kikwit, by contrast, is a bustling provincial town with half a million inhabitants.

The speed with which Ebola kills and the terror it has generated are the two main reasons why the disease …

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