New Ebola outbreak in Congo worsens

Dr. Jeremy Farrar says the epidemic is the worst since that of 2013-16 and shows “no sign of stopping.” EPA

CONGO – The head of a major medical research charity called the latest outbreak of Ebola in central Africa “truly frightening.”

Nearly 1,400 people died in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dr. Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust, said the epidemic was the worst since that of 2013-16 and has showed “no sign of stopping.”

A five-year-old boy died in neighboring Uganda, the first case of Ebola reported in the country.

The Ugandan government reported seven other suspected cases of the virus.

Dr. Farrar warned more cases were expected, and a “full” national and international response would be needed to protect lives. (BBC)


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