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Ebola kills 23 in Democratic Republic of Congo

Heathcare workers stand beside Ebola patient at hospital in Zaire (nor DRC) in 1979.`
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Health workers investigating the possible outbreak of Haemorraghic fever in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly known as Zaire) have reported the deaths of several people from Ebola. However, they were quick to add that the cases there were in no way related to the ongoing spread of the disease throughout Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, which has already killed more than 1,552 people

According to the World Heath Organization (WHO), the initial infection was traced to a pregnant woman who butchered and ate bushmeat killed by her husband. Although she developed Ebola--like symptoms shortly thereafter, doctors were unaware that she actually had the disease until she died on August 11. In the meantime, the infection spread to 23 additional people, including a doctor, two nurses, a hygienist and a ward boy, as well as relatives. 13 have already died. Others infected were people involved in the burying all the men and women who died.

The Democratic Republic of Congo Ministry of Health is well acquainted with Ebola, having gone through (and controlled) 6 previous outbreaks of the potentially deadly disease) and is currently monitoring the situation with support from WHO.

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