Ebola Sleuths Scour DRC for Outbreak Source
IKANAMONGO (RD Congo) (AFP) – Medical sleuths are deep in the jungle of the DR Congo trying to track down the origins of the latest Ebola outbreak in the country.
It is a different strain than the one that has swept three west African countries this year, killing nearly 4,900, and its toll of 49 so far is extremely modest in comparison.
Their all-terrain vehicles bounce along gutted roads in the northwest of the vast country where the outbreak began in late July and has been contained.
Pinning down its source, and learning more about how it acts and develops, are keys to fighting the virus better.
The epidemic in the Lokolia region of Equateur province some 800 kilometres (500 miles) northeast of the capital Kinshasa is the seventh in the country since the virus was first discovered in 1976.