DR Congo Records Four New Ebola Cases Ahead Of Historic Test Treatment

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FOUR new cases of Ebola virus have been confirmed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the health ministry said, as authorities prepare to deploy an experimental treatment.

Four new cases of Ebola virus have been confirmed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the health ministry said, as authorities prepare to deploy an experimental treatment.

Ebola, which causes fever, vomiting and diarrhoea, is spread through direct contact with body fluids.

It killed more than 11,000 people during the largest-ever outbreak in West Africa from 2013-16. Authorities in Congo, which has experienced 10 outbreaks since 1976, have been more successful in containing it.

But the current flare-up poses fresh challenges as it is in a part of Congo stalked by myriad militia groups that regularly battle one another and kill and kidnap civilians.

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So far, however, the disease has not touched so-called “red zones” where security risks would severely limit access for health workers.

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