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Why Does Ebola Keep Spreading In Congo? Here's A Major Clue

Responders are zeroing in on an important source of new infections in the towns of Katwa and Butembo.
A medical worker puts on protective gear at an Ebola treatment center in Beni in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Officials want to train workers at all health facilities to take precautions. Source: John Wessels

Michel Yao says his job is a lot like being a detective.

Yao is leading the World Health Organization's on-the-ground response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. And as each new person falls sick, his team must race to figure out how they got infected.

So, Yao says, "we ask the person a series of questions."

First up: Were you in contact with any sick person that had some symptoms like bleeding or like fever? Perhaps a relative you were taking care of?

No? Okay, Did you attend a funeral? (At traditional funerals,

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