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A boy confirmed infected yesterday in Uganda has died, and 2 relatives have Ebola.
The patient is 5, and at least two of his family members also have Ebola symptoms.
Since the first of the year officials have tallied 87,000 suspected cases in 23 of the DRC's 26 provinces.
The outbreak has now reached 2,062 infections, with deaths climbing to 1,390.
The agency highlights earlier case-contact registration and a drastically lower rate of healthcare-related disease spread.
A longer-term study in Niger finds much the same protective effect.
"We get to adapt… and make the response the best we can make it," the WHO's Mike Ryan, MD, says.
Seventeen new infections and 11 new fatalities raise outbreak totals to 2,025 cases and 1,357 deaths.
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