WHO Says DRC Ebola Outbreak Is New, Separate from West African
On Sunday, August 24, the Democratic Republic of the Congo reported two cases of Ebola. Today, the World Health Organization released a statement saying that it believes this newest outbreak is unrelated to the ongoing outbreak in West Africa.
According to the WHO, the Democratic Republic of the Congo outbreak likely started when a woman ate meat from a wild animal that her husband had recently hunted. She developed Ebola-like symptoms and then died on August 11.
Doctors were initially unaware that she had Ebola, which helped the illness spread to a suspected 23 additional people, including health-care workers and relatives. Already, 13 have died.