An outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever killed 14 people in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo by Sept. 1, the World Health Organization said.
Thirty cases of the virus have been reported around the town of Isiro in Congo’s Orientale province since last month, the Geneva-based organization said in a Sept. 2 report, while 169 people are under surveillance in the region.
Ebola is one of the most virulent viral diseases on earth, according to the WHO. It’s transmitted through contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected person or wild animal, according to the organization’s website. The virus was first identified in Sudan and Congo in 1976, WHO says.
An Ebola outbreak last month in neighboring Uganda killed 17 people, WHO reported on its website.
“These two Ebola outbreaks are not epidemiologically linked and have been caused by two different Ebola subtypes,” WHO said yesterday on its website.
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