Ebola outbreak in DRC comes from a new strain. This is the conclusion of a study published in the American journal The New England Journal of Medicine.

The outbreak of hemorrhagic fever occurred in August in the DRC is independent of that which prevails in western Europe since March, according to a study released Thursday, Oct. 16 in the journal The New England Journal of Medicine.

“The complete genome sequence of the virus responsible confirms that it is a case of Ebola virus but it shows that the Congolese strain is different from that of West Africa” explains this document, produced by the IRD, Institut Pasteur, CNRS, CIRMF INRB Gabon and DRC and experts from the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Moreover, it appears very similar to those that also plagued the DRC and Gabon between 1995 and 1997”. Indeed, analysis of the genome of the virus that killed 49 people on 70 patients in the DRC since late July shows that it is 99.2% identical to that of other viruses belonging to the species “Ebola Zaire “responsible for an outbreak in 1995 in Kikwit, Zaire.

However, it is different from the strain of “Ebola Zaire” virus involved in the epidemic currently affecting West Africa, despite 96.8% in common. Congolese focus today seems dammed thanks to protective measures implemented by the authorities, the researchers said. Some 70 cases have been confirmed, including 42 deaths.