North Kivu, Congo

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Ebola warn­ing: An out­break of the deadly Ebola virus in wartorn Congo has be­come so se­ri­ous that health of­fi­cials might not be able to con­tain it, the U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion warned this week. Since the hem­or­rhagic dis­ease was first iden­ti­fied in 1976, health work­ers have suc­cess­fully con­tained all out­breaks—most of them in re­mote ar­eas—be­fore they could spread too widely. The cur­rent out­break in Congo’s North Kivu prov­ince is en­ter­ing its fourth month, with some 300 cases, in­clud­ing 186 deaths. It could soon be­come en­demic in the prov­ince, home to 6 mil­lion peo­ple, mak­ing it eas­ier for the deadly virus to spread through travel and trade, the CDC said. North Kivu is an ac­tive war zone, com­pli­cat­ing the work of Ebola re­sponse teams.

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