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Congo Says 3 New Ebola Cases Confirmed in Large City

“Even if it’s not happening here yet, I have to reduce contact with people,” Grace Ekofo, 23, a student in Kinshasa, told The Associated Press.

A teacher in Mbandaka, Jean Mopono, 53, said they were trying to introduce preventive measures by teaching students not to greet each other by shaking hands or kissing.

“We pray that this epidemic does not take place here,” Mr. Mopono said.

Congo Says 3 New Ebola Cases Confirmed in Large City
Congo Says 3 New Ebola Cases Confirmed in Large City

The W.H.O., which was accused of bungling its response to the West Africa outbreak — the biggest Ebola outbreak in history with more than 11,000 deaths — appears to be moving swiftly to contain this latest epidemic, experts said.

There is “strong reason to believe this situation can be brought under control,” said Dr. Robert Steffen, who chaired the W.H.O. expert meeting on Friday. But without a vigorous response, “the situation is likely to deteriorate significantly.”

There is no specific treatment for Ebola. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain and at times internal and external bleeding. The virus can be fatal in up to 90 percent of cases, depending on the strain.

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