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Ebola: new outbreak appears in Congo a week after epidemic was declared over

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 07 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3421
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

The Ebola virus has reappeared in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo only a week after an outbreak in the western part of the country was declared over.1 Already 33 deaths are suspected of being from the virus, said the World Health Organization. An additional 43 suspected cases have been reported, of which 13 have so far been confirmed by laboratory analysis.

The new outbreak is about 1000 km to the east of the previous one and is believed not to be related but to stem from a new wildlife contact, which could be due to consumption of bush meat or contact with a fruit bat. It is the 10th outbreak in the country, which is 10 times the …

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