Via International Business Times: Ebola: Democratic Republic Of Congo Sends Health Minister To Investigate Ebola-Like Deaths. Excerpt:
An unspecified number of people have recently died with Ebola-like symptoms in the northern province of Equateur in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where the virus was first discovered in 1976, according to Reuters.
The deaths have not been connected to the outbreak in West Africa, located about 2,000 miles away and the epicenter of the ongoing Ebola crisis.
The DRC has sent its health minister and a team of experts to Equateur to investigate the deaths in the province of 7.5 million. The Ebola virus first classified there in 1976 is the most deadly of the five strains of Ebola and was known as the Zaire ebolavirus prior to 2010. It was the same strain of the virus that is currently ravaging Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
About 318 cases were reported and 280 people died during the 1976 outbreak. The DRC has experienced six outbreaks of Ebola since then, mostly recently in 2012 when 36 people died in Equateur’s neighboring province, Province Orientale. The Ebola virus has killed 768 people in the DRC since it was discovered.