Shannon Vavra May 12, 2017
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Democratic Republic of Congo's first Ebola outbreak since 2014

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The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed Friday there is a new Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. One person has tested positive for Ebola (it's lab-confirmed), there are nine "suspected" of being infected, and three of them have died. The group of people have been exhibiting symptoms since April 22. It wasn't clear whether the confirmed case was one of the nine, per The Washington Post.

Why it matters: As TIME's cover story put it: "An infection in all but the most remote corner of the world can make its way to a major city in a day or less." Plus, recall the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak killed 11,300 worldwide and infected 28,600 people.

  • Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia have all been Ebola-free since June of last year.