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Congo Ebola Outbreak Confirmed

The government of Congo-Brazzaville has now confirmed that it is the deadly Ebola virus which has claimed the lives of 64 people, in the north of the country near the border with Gabon. The World Health Organisation in Congo says it is hopeful that international aid to fight the spread of the virus will now be forthcoming. For the past four weeks the number of dead in the districts of Kelle and Mbomo has continued to climb daily, as the Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation have struggled to contain what they suspected was an outbreak of Ebola. Confirmation came late last night, after blood samples from residents of Kelle were analysed in a Libreville laboratory, one of less than 10 in the world able to test for Ebola. Emergency teams of medical workers and Ebola experts from the WHO are already in place in the outbreak zone. The government closed down the region to travel on Thursday and Gabon has shut its nearby border. Full Story

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