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Earlier Ebola Outbreaks, and How the World Overcame Them

Editor's note: Hemorrhagic fever inspires almost mythic terror, but whether it can be beaten depends more on people than on medical advances. Donald G. McNeil Jr. The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is only the second-largest in history, but undoubtedly the most frustrating. Scientists are fairly certain they have the medical

DRC facing worst Ebola outbreak in nation’s history

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is facing its worst Ebola outbreak in the country's recorded history, health officials have said. The announcement late on Friday came amid increasing warnings that the situation could deteriorate because of attacks by armed groups and community resistance in the affected areas in eastern DRC. Oly Ilunga Kalenga, the

Rebels kill 16 in DR Congo’s Beni city

At least 16 people have been killed and eight others injured in a rebel attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo's restive eastern city of Beni, according to witnesses. Twelve of the dead were civilians and the rest government soldiers, witnesses told the AFP news agency on Sunday. The attack on late

Ebola outbreak: Death toll on the rise in DRC

Death toll from second Ebola virus outbreak this year in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to rise with no signs of slowing. Since it was declared in the northern Kivu province 3 weeks ago, 55 people have died of the virus and 69 people are confirmed to be infected. Al-Jazeera

Mudslides,flooding kill 400 in Sierra Leone capital

In Summary Deputy Information Minister Cornelius Deveaux earlier confirmed Koroma had called a national emergency, and said his own boss, Information Minister Mohamed Bangura, was in hospital after being injured in the flooding. Deveaux said "hundreds" of people had lost their lives and had properties damaged, and promised food and