Ebola virus surfaces again in Democratic Republic of the Congo

There are reports of 6 suspected cases of Ebola virus infection in the Bas-Uele district in northeastern Orientale Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There is no treatment or vaccine for Ebola haemorrhagic fever. Any traveller in the affected area should avoid any direct contact with anyone suspected to have this infection since it is highly contagious and lethal. Transmission often occurs during burial rituals (such as washing the body) for deceased patients, close physical contact with infected persons and their body fluids, during sexual contact or within hospitals through contact with blood and body fluids of infected persons.

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