Author: Aiman Faruqi
On August 26, 1976, a 44-year-old man named Mabalo Lokela arrived at an outpatient clinic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DCR) with a fever. Suspecting malaria, doctors prescribed chloroquine, a common antimalarial drug, and released him the same day. On September 5, Mabalo was admitted to Yambuku Mission Hospital in critical condition, with a severe fever and massive internal bleeding. Three days later, he was dead.