Ebola River

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The Ebola River
Country Democratic Republic of the Congo
Length 250 km (155 mi)

The Ebola River is the headstream of the Mongala River, a tributary of the Congo River, in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo.[1] It is roughly 250 km in length.

In 1976, Ebola virus (EBOV) was first identified near the Ebola River. Thus, the river is eponymous to the terms Ebola virus, Ebolavirus, and Ebola virus disease.[2]

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  1. ^ vanden Bossche, J.-P.; Bernacsek, G. M. (1990). Source Book for the Inland Fishery Resources of Africa, Issue 18, Volume 1. Rome: Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN. p. 336. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ebola outbreak confirmed by DR Congo". 

Coordinates: 3°19′24″N 20°57′38″E / 3.32333°N 20.96056°E / 3.32333; 20.96056