The Democratic Republic of Congo is struggling to contain an outbreak of Ebola in two remote villages near the border of South Sudan. By the latest count, the epidemic has killed 31 people, including five health workers. The death toll is now twice what it was just a week ago, and the World Health Organization suspects that about 65 more people are infected. Another 108 are being kept under surveillance. Authorities believe that the outbreak started with a batch of tainted bush meat, but now that it’s out, the fierce, rapidly lethal filoviral disease is tearing through villages at an alarming rate.
Should you be scared? Well, that depends on how much of a hypochondriac you are. But just to be safe, here are some things you should know that might completely terrify you.