Central Africa is currently experiencing the second deadliest outbreak of Ebola in the past five years. Primarily impacting the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the epidemic is localized in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the northeastern portion of the nation, along the borders of South Sudan, Uganda, and Rwanda; it is the first time the virus has spread in an active conflict zone.
Beginning in August 2018, local health officials in the DRC have worked with the International Red Cross (IRC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the World Health Organization (WHO) to contain the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD). According to the WHO, there are 1,739 confirmed cases of Ebola and 1,147 deaths as of May 14.
The Ebola virus was discovered in 1976; its name stems from the Ebola River located…
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