It never went away

In 2016 the World Health Organization declared the West African ebola outbreak done and dusted. More than 10,000 people died in that episode.

Now it’s back – or rather it never went away, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where it is endemic.

There have been nine outbreaks since 1976 in the DRC. The first death from ebola in the DRC was declared in the middle of May.

There have been 21 suspected cases of viral hemorrhagic fever (aka ebola) in Equateur Province of the DRC, with 17 deaths, in the past six weeks.

Picture source: Daniel Bausch