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CONGO DR: 2 more Ebola cases recorded



CONGO DR: 2 more Ebola cases recorded

Two more Ebola cases have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo increasing the suspected cases to 19, including three deaths and two lab-confirmed cases.

The first case was recorded last Friday in the Bas-Uele province in the north-east of Congo, even as the outbreak appears to be limited to that remote area which does not call for any travel restrictions at least for now.

The first recorded death from the Ebola outbreak in the DRC came after one person who died of haemorrhagic fever tested positive for the virus alongside two others who have also died from the disease.

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Dr Allarangar Yokouide, WHO’s representative in Congo, said the first teams of specialists had arrive the affected area of Likati on Saturday which is some 1,300km from the capital, Kinshasa.

WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier, confirmed the deaths when he said out of the nineteen cases recorded, three people have since died, including one who tested positive for Ebola.

“We need to take this very seriously,” Lindmeier told Al Jazeera on Friday.

“It’s very important to find all the possible contacts of people who have been infected, who have been in contact, and see whether there is a possible continuation of infection and limit it as much as possible.”

The Central African country has suffered seven previous outbreaks of Ebola since the virus was first discovered in the country in 1976.







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