As has been the trend over the last several weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed a handful of new Ebola cases today in the ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) North and South Kivu and Ituri provinces.

Three new cases were recorded today on the WHO’s Ebola dashboard, lifting the outbreak total to 3,197, including 2,136 deaths.

This is the DRC’s largest Ebola outbreak since the virus was first discovered in that country in 1976. October marks the 14th month of active transmission in the DRC’s far eastern region—home to millions of refugees as well as violent militia.

In addition to the new cases, 430 suspected cases are still under investigation, the WHO said. And today the DRC’s multisector Ebola committee (CMRE) said the three cases recorded yesterday were in Oicha, Kalunguta, and Mandima.

Caution over drop in cases

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