WHO reports 24 Ebola cases in Congo

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Nov 24, 2003 (CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the Congo expanded to 24 cases last week, with 12 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The WHO reported Nov 17 that the Congo government had confirmed that the disease was Ebola, with 11 cases, all fatal, at that point. On Nov 21 the WHO reported another 13 cases, including one death.

The outbreak involves two villages in the Mbomo district of the Cuvette Ouest Department, the WHO said. WHO staff members were working with the Congo Ministry of Health and Medecins Sans Frontieres to respond to the outbreak.

See also:

WHO's Nov 21 news release
http://www.who.int/csr/don/2003_11_21/en/

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