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Recent Outbreak in Congo
On November 21, 2014, the WHO reported that 42 days had passed since the last case tested negative twice and was discharged from a hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In August, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ministry of Health notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Equateur Province. The index case was a pregnant woman from Ikanamongo Village who butchered a bush animal. She became ill with symptoms of EVD, reported to a private clinic in Isaka Village, and died on August 11, 2014. Local customs and rituals associated with death meant that several healthcare workers were exposed to Ebola virus. A total of 66 cases, including 38 laboratory confirmed cases, and a total of 49 deaths were reported.