Nine dead as Ebola spreads in DR Congo

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© MSF — Hospital of Kagadi, in Western Uganda, where MSF launched an emergency intervention against an Ebola outbreak at the end of July 2012

The deadly Ebola Virus has killed at least nine people, including three health care workers, in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

 WHO says at least 15 cases of the disease have been reported in Isiro, Pawa and Dungu regions of Province Orientale in the eastern part of the country.

Glenn Thomas from WHO says efforts are underway to establish if the Ebola outbreak is linked to another inUgandawhich has killed 16 people.

"There are 12 cases and eight deaths in Isiro, including three health workers who have died, two cases and no deaths in Pawa, and one fatal case in Dungu. The Congolese Ministry of Health has convened a national task force and is working with several partners including WHO, MSF Swiss, MSF Belgique and the CDC.  Similar task force have been set up and established at provincial and district levels to oversee and guide the response to this latest outbreak.  At the moment WHO is not recommending any travel or trade restrictions be applied to DR Congo."

MSF is the French acronym for the group Doctors without Borders.  The CDC is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States.

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