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The response to the Ebola outbreak in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo recognized on August 1, 2018 continues to face unprecedented challenges. Like the preceding outbreak, the latest spread of Ebola in the DRC is affecting multiple locations, has infected health workers, and has the potential to cross national borders. Infrastructure gaps in power supplies and roadways are presenting challenges. Responses to the new Ebola outbreak are further challenged by armed conflict, which World Health Organization officials have said will necessitate military escort for efforts to trace contacts of infected individuals, and their contacts, as well as efforts to administer an investigational vaccine. While WHO has assessed the risk of global spread of the virus from this outbreak as low, WHO officials say the risks of national and regional spread are high.

The outbreak in North Kivu is the 10th outbreak of the virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the disease was identified. The Zaire species of Ebola virus was discovered in 1976 in Yambuku, DRC -- what was then Zaire. That year also, the Sudan species of Ebola virus was discovered across the Zaire border in southern Sudan.

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