The director of the National Institute of Biological and Bacterial Research, Dr Jean Jacques Muyembe, said Wednesday that health experts should be able to quickly contain this outbreak because the area is so remote.
The two Ebola virus cases were confirmed after officials in the capital, Kinshasa, were alerted early this month to the deaths of 17 people from a hemorrhagic fever in recent weeks. There are various hemorrhagic fevers including Ebola virus.
The cases are likely linked to a policeman in the Bikoro health zone who presented Ebola virus symptoms of hemorrhagic fever and died in December, Muyembe said. His mother and 10 others then showed Ebola virus symptoms.
None of the Ebola virus outbreaks in Congo was connected to the massive outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in West Africa that began in 2014 and left more than 11,300 dead.