WHO supports DRC efforts to contain deadly Ebola virus

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Quick onsite laboratory diagnosis enable the team to precisely diagnose new suspected Ebola patients within two to six hours.

The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to assist the Democratic Republic of the Congo following a deadly Ebola outbreak that has killed at least nine people.

The agency says two staff members are currently on the ground and additional personnel will join a Ministry of Health team in the affected area in north-eastern part of the country.

WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl says the outbreak is not related to an earlier incident in neighbouring Uganda.

"They are definitely not linked because it is two different strains of Ebola. That was clear from the beginning. We don't need any efforts to try to distinguish the two because it was very clear from the first lab samples that these are two different outbreaks."

Duration: 13″

WHO says there are five distinct species of the Ebola virus which cause severe haemorrhagic fever with fatality rates of up to 90 per cent.

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