Cases of as long as five months

Cases of as long as five months

Cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in an area of Congo facing an Ebola epidemic as long ago as December and the first deaths were reported in January, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, as four new suspected cases surfaced.The health ministry said on Tuesday that at least 17 people had died in an area of northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo where health officials have now confirmed an outbreak of Ebola, although it did not give a time-frame for the deaths.Only two cases have been confirmed as Ebola, by a laboratory in the capital Kinshasa. An interval of as long as five months since the first infection would give the virus time potentially to have infected many people before action was taken to contain it.


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