Congolese officials respond to Ebola outbreak
Experts from the Congolese health ministry are due in the northern region of country Thursday to coordinate a response to latest outbreak of the Ebola virus.
Officials confirmed four cases of the Ebola virus in the North Kivu province area of Democratic Republic of the Congo, a week after Congolese and U.N. health officials announced the end of a separate outbreak that killed 33 people in the country’s northwest.
There is no evidence yet suggesting the two outbreaks in the Congo are linked.
The health ministry said there were 26 cases of hemorrhagic fever in the North Kivu province, including 20 deaths.
Six samples from these patients were tested, and four tested positive for Ebola.
Officials have said they now feel better prepared for Ebola outbreaks, in sharp contrast to the 2014 epidemic of the virus, which killed more than 11,000 people, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Prison for Trafficker in Endangered Lion and Tiger Parts
A federal judge sentenced a New York man to nine months in prison Wednesday for trafficking in endangered African lion and tiger parts.
Arongkron Malasukum pleaded guilty to charges of buying lion and tiger skulls, claws and other parts from undercover federal agents and shipping them to a buyer in Thailand.
The Justice Department says the bones and other parts were worth more than $150,000.
"Those who scheme and plot to criminally profit from the exploitation of these creatures will be brought to justice," Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Wood said.