The World Health Organization said Thursday that 35 people have died from Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, out of the 62 people sickened by the virus.
DR Congo is the fifth country in Africa to experience the epidemic this year. The infectious strain is different from the one present in West Africa. In those countries — Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria — more than 2,200 people have died.
The world’s first identified case of Ebola was in 1976 in DR Congo. This year’s outbreak occurred in the northwest region, spreading to the four villages of Watsi Kengo, Lokolia, Boende and Boende Muke. The areas are now equipped with isolation units.