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Deadly Plague Outbreak Feared in Congo

Health Officials Suspect Disease in 61 Deaths, Hundreds of Illnesses. International health officials warned on Friday that 61 miners in eastern Congo have died and hundreds have become ill from what appears to be the largest outbreak in several decades of a highly virulent, airborne version of plague. Health officials said thousands more workers have fled the open-pit diamond mine that is the epicenter of the outbreak, possibly spreading the disease deep into a rural province with few health facilities. “It can pop up in many places now,” said Marian van der Snoek, a medical official with the Swiss aid group Medair, who spoke by telephone from her office in Bunia, in Congo’s northeastern corner. “We don’t know where these people have fled.” Full Story

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