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Hundreds gather in Goma, Congo for "Stop Ebola" march

Aug. 22, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Hundreds gathered in Congo's eastern city of Goma Thursday to support Ebola response teams that have seen increasing attacks and resistance among communities where Ebola continues to spread. North Kivu Governor Carly Kasivita, who organized the march, said that anyone spreading...

Congo to use second vaccine to fight Ebola

Aug. 19, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The head of Congo's Ebola response says another vaccine will be used to fight the outbreak that has killed more than 1,800 people in a year. Dr. Jean-Jaques Muyembe is the director of Congo's National Institute for Biomedical Research. He said Monday the World Health Organization has...

Ebola outbreak spreads to 3rd province in eastern Congo

Aug. 16, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's year-long Ebola outbreak has spread to a new province, with two cases, including one death, confirmed in South Kivu, according to the government health ministry. The movement of the potentially deadly disease to a new province highlights the difficulties that health workers...

Congo says its year-long Ebola outbreak has spread to a new province, with two cases confirmed in South Kivu

Aug. 16, 2019 7:24 AM EDT
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo says its year-long Ebola outbreak has spread to a new province, with two cases confirmed in South Kivu .

2 Ebola patients in Congo "cured" with drugs, say doctors

Aug. 13, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Two Ebola patients who were treated with new drugs in the city of Goma in eastern Congo have been declared "cured" and returned to their home. Top doctors fighting Ebola quickly used the case on Tuesday to press the message that people can recover from the potentially deadly disease...

Rwanda, Congo restrict unnecessary border travel amid Ebola

Aug. 7, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda and Congo are discouraging travel across their border to prevent further spread of the highly contagious Ebola virus. Travel restrictions are part of measures taken by Rwandan and Congolese health officials who met in Rwanda. People traveling across the border for non-essential...

Former Ebola patient calls attention to current outbreak

Aug. 2, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — As the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history rages in Congo, a doctor who survived the deadly disease five years ago worries that people aren't paying enough attention. "We need the United States government and the international community to step up in a bigger way to come to the...

Uganda begins largest trial of experimental Ebola vaccine

Aug. 2, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Researchers in Uganda have launched the largest-ever trial of the experimental Ebola vaccine that is expected to be deployed in neighboring Congo, where a deadly outbreak has killed over 1,800 people. The trial of the Janssen Pharmaceuticals vaccine involves up to 800 people in the...

1-year-old daughter, wife of Congo's Goma victim have Ebola

Aug. 1, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The wife and 1-year-old daughter of the man who died of Ebola in Goma this week have tested positive for the disease, health officials confirmed Thursday, the first transmission of the virus inside the densely populated crossroads city on the border with Rwanda, a scenario that...

A timeline of Congo's latest deadly Ebola virus outbreak

Aug. 1, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo now enters its second year. Containing it just became more challenging with the first direct transmission of the virus in the city of Goma, which has more than 2 million residents and sits on a busy border with Rwanda. More than 1,800 people have been...