Via Reuters: UPDATE 1-Death toll from Congo Ebola outbreak rises to 31. Excerpt:
The death toll from an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Djera region of northern Democratic Republic of Congo has risen to 31, the government said on Tuesday, as the World Health Organization confirmed there was no link with an epidemic in West Africa.
Previously, the government said there were 13 dead. The separate outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,550 people since it was first reported in the forests of southeastern Guinea in March.
The WHO said on Tuesday that the outbreak in Congo was a "distinct and independent event, with no relationship to the outbreak in West Africa". It added that there were a total of 53 cases and said health care workers were tracing 160 contacts.
If the West African outbreak had never happened, this one still would have, and we'd be treating the disease as just another sorrow of a remote region. Instead we've got a virus quite capable of opening up a second front while our attention is focused on the first one.