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WHO team heads to pneumonic plague-hit region of DR Congo

A World Health Organisation team has left Kinshasa for the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where at least 61 people have died from pneumonic plague since the end of December.Pneumonic plague is fatal if left untreated. The disease is similar to the bubonic plague except that the bacteria infects the lungs. About a dozen experts from the WHO’s Geneva headquarters, as well as the Pasteur Institute of Madagascar and the WHO’s regional centres in Gabon and Kinshasa headed for the region on Monday, Leonard Tapsoba, the WHO’s representative in DRC told AFP.Full Story

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