Ebola patient rejects treatment, flees to city of 1M in Congo

The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is up to 132 confirmed and probable cases, making it the eighth-largest epidemic ever recorded for the virus, according to STAT's Morning Rounds e-newsletter released Sept. 11.

Health officials confirmed a new Ebola case Sept. 10. The patient fell ill in early August. His blood test was negative, but his sperm sample tested positive, according to a report from the Center for Infectious Disease and Policy Minneapolis-based University of Minnesota. The patient refused admittance to an Ebola treatment center and instead went to Butembo, a city of nearly 1 million people.

Health officials on Sept. 8 confirmed two other Ebola cases reported in the city of Beni.

So far, 91 people have died from the outbreak.

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