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Anne Rimoin, associate professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted in a Washington Post article about the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The two brothers of Adalbert Wanza made a 170-mile round-trip voyage on foot, boat and motorcycle through Congo’s dense rain forest to bring him, and ultimately the rest of the world, grave news.
A visitor had died while in their home village, Ikoko- Impenge. A local priest buried him with ritual honors, including giving the corpse its last food and drink. Days later, the priest and most of his family were dead, too. When he heard the story, Wanza, the Catholic bishop of Mbandaka, knew it could be Ebola, which is endemic in the forest, and contacted health officials. Lab tests would prove him right.
Read more in The Washington Post.