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Suspected Ebola Outbreak Causes Panic in Congo

Thirty-eight people have died in a suspected outbreak of the Ebola virus in the north of Congo-Brazzaville, near the border with Gabon. The Congolese authorities say they are concerned that the virus might spread. Ebola is spread through contact with small amounts of body fluids. Little more is known about the virus, which causes its victims to die from internal bleeding. The Congolese Ministry of Health says the people died in the villages of Kelle and Mbou, about 800 kilometres north of Brazzaville, in the Region known as Cuvette West. The authorities were first alerted to a possible outbreak of Ebola when a clan of gorillas in the region began to die in December. Tests carried out on the bodies confirmed that the gorillas had died from the Ebola virus, which has now claimed more than 80 percent of that gorilla clan. Full Story

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