As the world heard the news on Sunday that Liberian Doctor Abrahim Borbor had died of Ebola after receiving ZMapp, an experimental drug credited with saving two American health care workers, the BBC reported that several people had died in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from the Ebola virus.
Felix Kabange Numbi, The country's health minister spoke on national television, confirming that two people had died in the northern town of Gera. Numbi went on to say, "We're going to provide essential medication in all medical institutions in the area of Gera but also free health treatment for the duration of the epidemic."
A laboratory and medical aid station have already been set up in Gera, located about 750 miles from the capital, Kinshasa. "This epidemic has nothing to do with the one in West Africa," said the health minister. This is the seventh outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo. It was first identified in 1976 along the Ebola River.
In a related story, a World Health Organization (WHO) worker who contracted the Ebola virus while aiding patients in Sierra Leone is receiving treatment. The health care worker has been given the option of a medical evacuation to another health care facility if necessary.
Since the Ebola outbreak started in March, WHO has sent almost 400 people from across their organization and partners in the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network to aid in the response to the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.