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Chart: Ebola cases and confirmed deaths in Africa

Data: DRC Ministry of Health; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon, Harry Stevens/Axios

The world's second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is underway in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and entered an ominous phase this week with the spread of the virus into Uganda. The World Health Organization and aid groups are pouring resources into the region to try to contain it, but the longer this Ebola outbreak continues, the greater the likelihood it will spread to other highly populated areas within the country, move to other neighboring countries or even internationally.

Threat level: The danger of this particular outbreak, which began Aug. 1, 2018, is that it's what several experts call the "perfect storm" of a highly lethal and contagious virus in an area of the DRC that's a hub for poverty and neglect, insurgent activities, distrust of government and international organizations, and a mobile population with many refugees.

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