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Friday, 10 August 2018

10 Dead In Ebola Outbreak In Eastern DR Congo

Ten people died in an Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a report released on Friday, according to which another 27 deaths are linked to Ebola.

Forty-four confirmed and probable cases have been recorded since the beginning of the disease in North Kivu province on August 1, the Ministry of Health said.

Two suspected cases in Goma, a city of about one million people, "proved negative" on Thursday after lab tests, he added.

The epidemic has been the tenth since 1976, when the disease was first identified in the DRC near the Ebola River, a tributary of the Congo.


The latest outbreak is in the Beni region of North Kivu, which shares borders with Uganda and Rwanda.

The region is in the grip of violence - a problem that, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), will hinder emergency response. Targeted vaccination, targeted primarily at front-line health workers, began on Wednesday.

Ebola causes serious illnesses, including vomiting, diarrhea and, in some cases, internal and external bleeding. It is often fatal if not treated.

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