The latest Ebola outbreaks in 2 African countries are reviving memories of the devastating 2014–2016 West Africa outbreak, which took over 11,000 lives.
- Guinea’s outbreak has racked up 16 confirmed and 7 probable cases. 12 deaths have been reported, Outbreak News Today reports.
- DRC has detected 12 Ebola cases and 6 deaths, Xinhua reports.
Sign of progress: Duke University scientists have developed a super-sensitive rapid diagnostic test for Ebola that, when tested in monkeys, was 1,000X more sensitive than the current go-to tests, Global Biodefense reports.
However: Another study focused on a tropical rainforest community in Cameroon highlights poor knowledge of the disease among very high-risk communities. The researchers caution in BMC Infectious Diseases that “rigorous sensitization campaigns” are needed to get ahead of misconceptions about the virus that could spur transmission.