The slow rise in new Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continued over the weekend and through today, with four new cases—and with outbreak responders tracking the movements of a patient who fled into the community, potentially exposing others to the virus.

Daily updates from the DRC’s Ebola technical committee (CMRE) show that the latest cases are all from the current main hot spots, which are rural and pose a host of access and security problems.

Of the four new cases, one was reported today, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) online Ebola dashboard. The new cases push the outbreak’s overall total to 3,264, a number that includes 117 probable cases.

Health officials are still investigating 357 suspected cases.

Patient flees into community

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