A person has tested positive for Ebola in Congo, raising concerns about a potential new outbreak


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KINSHASA (Reuters) – One person has tested positive for the Ebola
virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country’s health
ministry said in a statement on Friday.

The case was confirmed from tests on nine people who came down
with a hemorrhagic fever in Bas-Uele province in the northeast of
the country on or after April 22, the statement said, adding that
two of the sufferers had died.

The World Health Organization announced on Twitter that they
were informed about the outbreak on May 11 and that at least
one case was confirmed to be Ebola by a national reference
laboratory in Kinshasa.

The confirmed case raises concerns after the
2014-2015 Ebola epidemic
in West Africa, which was the
largest epidemic of the disease ever since it was first
identified in 1976 in Yambuku, in what is now the Democratic
Republic of Congo. 

(Reuters reporting by Aaron Ross)

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