Etoumbi

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Etoumbi
Etoumbi is located in Republic of the Congo
Etoumbi
Etoumbi
Location in the Republic of the Congo
Coordinates: 0°01′N 14°54′E / 0.017°N 14.900°E / 0.017; 14.900
Country Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Republic of the Congo
Region Cuvette-Ouest Region

Etoumbi is a town in the Cuvette-Ouest province of northwestern Republic of the Congo. Most of its residents make their living hunting in the local forest.

Etoumbi has been the site of four recent outbreaks of the Ebola virus, believed to have sparked by local villagers eating the flesh of animals that are found dead in the forest. In 2003, 120 people died in an outbreak. An outbreak in May 2005 led to the quarantine of the town.

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Coordinates: 0°01′N 14°54′E / 0.017°N 14.900°E / 0.017; 14.900