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Ebola Outbreak In Congo Exceeds 1000 Cases

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Ebola is a deadly virus disease that was first discovered in 1974, in a village near the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ebola River, where the disease derived its name.

The number of cases in a nearly eight-month-old epidemic of Ebola in eastern DR Congo now exceeds 1,000, almost two-thirds of whom have died, the health ministry said late Sunday.

“The accumulated number of cases is 1,009,” of which 629 cases were fatal, it said.

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The outbreak of the virus was first recorded in North Kivu on August 1, and spreading to neighbouring province, Ituri province.

Its toll is the second deadliest in the history of Ebola, after an epidemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2014-6 that claimed 11,308 lives, according to the website of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Efforts to contain the latest outbreak, the 10th in the DRC’s history, have been hampered by poor security in the highly unstable east, which teems with militia groups.

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