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New Ebola deaths in Congo

New Ebola deaths in CongoHealth officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC have said they will begin administering an experimental vaccine following a new Ebola outbreak last week.

The drug was previously successful in containing an outbreak in the northwest of the country.

The latest outbreak began in the eastern cities of Beni and Mangina, and so far, three deaths are said to have been registered from about thirteen confirmed cases.

Earlier, an additional 43 suspected cases of Ebola were reported, including 13 confirmed by lab testing, according to WHO.
The outbreak is spreading through five health zones in North Kivu province and one health zone in Ituri province, which poses geographic and political challenges, the WHO said. North Kivu borders Rwanda and Uganda and trade activity fuels heavy movement across the borders.
North Kivu also hosts over 1 million displaced people and fighting between government forces and armed militant groups makes containing the highly infectious virus a challenge.

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