***Date: Thu 2 Jul 2015
Source: Reuters [edited]
Congo and WHO investigate possible Ebola outbreak
Health officials in Democratic Republic of Congo are investigating a possible outbreak of Ebola in a village about 270 km (170 miles) northeast of the capital Kinshasa, the government and the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.
Health minister Felix Kabange said that response teams arrived in Masambio, a village in Bandundu province, on Thursday [2 Jul 2015] to collect samples for testing.
Kabange said that 6 hunters fell ill on Friday [26 Jun 2015] with symptoms of Ebola including diarrhea, vomiting and bloody urine after killing an antelope the day before that had been stumbling and was probably sick. Four of the hunters have since died.
However, he said that none suffered from a fever, the earliest and most common symptom of the disease, suggesting that they may have suffered only from food poisoning.
The samples would return to Kinshasa for testing either Thursday night [2 Jul 2015] or Friday morning [3 Jul 2015], Kabange said. But he cautioned that it would be too early to render a definitive judgment since the disease's typical incubation period is between 7 and 15 days.
Congo has seen periodic outbreaks of the disease, which since December 2013 has killed more than 11 200 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in the worst Ebola epidemic on record.
A 3-month outbreak that killed 49 people late last year  in the remote forests of northwestern Congo was not related to the West African epidemic.
ProMED-mail Rapporteur Joe Dudley
[If accurately reported, the absence of fever in the hunters would make Ebola virus disease less likely. Also, more typically Ebola affects a single individual who spreads virus to others during illness. Certainly many other pathogens could cause fatalities after consumption or butchering of a sick animal (e.g., anthrax, Rift Valley fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever). Results of testing are eagerly awaited.
If Ebola virus disease, it is likely acquired zoonotically and not related to the continuing outbreak in West Africa. - Mod.LM...***
FWIW - I don't 'smell' Ebola with this one - they got sick too quickly. I AM impressed with the protocols DRC has set up & follow when they sniff out rumours of possible Ebola. They're getting better at this with the result being (generally), smaller outbreaks dealt with more quickly.