New Ebola Outbreak Declared In Democratic Republic Of Congo

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO DECLARES A NEW OUTBREAK OF THE EBOLA VIRUS

(CNN) – The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo declared a new outbreak of the Ebola virus.

That’s according to a statement by the World Health Organization Tuesday.

The declaration came after two people tested positive for the disease.

The outbreak has been declared in Bikoro in Equateur province.

The WHO director, Dr. Peter Salama says the top priority is to “reduce the loss of life and suffering” in this new outbreak.

This is DRC’s ninth outbreak of EVD since the discovery of the virus in the country in 1976.

Over the past five weeks, 21 suspected viral hemorrhagic fever incidents have been detected in and around the Iikoko Iponge, causing 17 deaths.

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