WARNING ON NEW EBOLA OUTBREAK IN GABON  



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14 Dec 2001

Source: New York Times, December 15, 2001.

Warning on New Ebola Outbreak in Gabon

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

GENEVA, Dec. 14 -- An outbreak of Ebola fever in Gabon is spreading "rapidly and unpredictably," the Red Cross warned today, amid efforts to contain the disease and track down an infected woman who has crossed into neighboring Congo.

The disease, one of the most virulent known, has claimed 11 lives in northeast Gabon among 14 confirmed cases in the Ogooué-Ivindo Province, the United Nations World Health Organization said here. A spokesman said W.H.O. staff members had converged on the province.

Fifty Gabonese Red Cross volunteers with experience in handling cases of the disease were working alongside other health officials, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

On Wednesday the United States government ordered all of its employees to leave the region and urged American citizens in Gabon to avoid the province.