The Latest Ebola Outbreak Has Reached a Major African City


Illustration: CDC (AP)

An ongoing outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Africa has become much more worrying, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported Thursday. While previous cases of the often fatal viral disease had been found in rural areas during this most recent outbreak, the first urban case of Ebola was recently confirmed in Mbandaka, a city in the northwestern region of the DRC with 1.2 million residents.

That discovery raises the chances that this current outbreak could grow much larger, like the 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa that ultimately claimed over 10,000 lives.

“This is a major development in the outbreak,” Peter Salama, the WHO’s Deputy Director-General of Emergency Preparedness and Response, told the BBC. “We have urban Ebola, which…

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