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BREAKING: World Health Organization declares Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At least one person has died after contracting the virus in the country's north-east.

A statement by the Congolese Ministry of Health says the case was confirmed from tests on nine people who came down with a hemorrhagic fever in Bas-Uele province in the northeast of the country on or after April 22.
UN confirmed reports say 2 other sufferers have died from the disease.

More than 11,000 people died in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014-2015, mainly in Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Ebola is a deadly hemorrhagic fever transmitted from animals including bats and monkeys. Without preventive measures, the virus can spread quickly between people and is fatal in up to 90 per cent of cases.

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