The news: The largest Ebola outbreak in history appears to have expanded to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the fifth country in this current epidemic, according to CNN. Authorities confirm that two cases have resulted in deaths in Djera in northern Equateur province, reports Reuters.
A raging Ebola epidemic has infected 2,615 people in West Africa since March and killed at least 1,427 of them, but so far it has been largely confined to Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. Now the disease has popped up in DR Congo, hundreds of miles away. In total, national health authorities suspect Ebola has caused at least 13 deaths there and infected many more.
However, there's another factor at play now: World Health Organization scientists are still conducting tests on samples taken from patients, but preliminary evidence released on the Twitter account indicates that the outbreak in DR Congo is a different strain of the virus. That would make the two outbreaks unrelated, meaning authorities now have two major Ebola epidemics to worry about instead of one.