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Ebola: new Congo epidemic grows as conflict hampers aid efforts

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 20 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3599
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

The second Ebola virus outbreak this year in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is already nearly twice as deadly as the first and shows no signs of slowing as aid workers fear that the disease is spreading in inaccessible “red zones,” where security is too precarious for health workers to operate.

The DRC’s health ministry currently estimates 90 cases (63 confirmed, 27 suspected) and 49 deaths in an outbreak centred on the troubled North Kivu province, a densely populated region of farmland near …

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