GABON

Friday 15 March 1996

At least 10 people died recently after a suspected outbreak of Ebola fever in the northeastern region of the country, according to officials of World Health Organization (wm). Ten out of 19 patients admitted to the hospital had shown symptoms of EboW which causes massive haemorrhaging, often leading to death. Apparently, all the patients came frorn'the village of Mayibout and had become ill after eating the meat of a chimpanzee found dead near the village. It is suspected that the virus came from the chimpanzee. It'will be the third appearance of the Ebola since the epidemic in Zaire last year, if tests being carried out in Gabon and Paris by wHo and French officials confirm the outbreak as Ebola fever.

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