Efforts continue to stop Ebola virus in DR Congo

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Health workers are often the unfortunate first victims of outbreaks like Ebola

The deadly Ebola virus continues to claim more lives in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO says there are now 68 cases of Ebola and 18 deaths, five of which have been confirmed in laboratories to have been caused by the Ebola virus.

At least 18 health workers working in the Haut-Uélé district in Oriental Province are among the suspected cases which are under surveillance.

WHO spokesperson Fadela Chaib says efforts are underway to find out how the disease is being transmitted and to stop the outbreak.

"This is unusual that the first person to be confirmed with Ebola is a health worker. We need to find the person he was taking care off and with whom the person had come into contact with. The situation is serious, but we have very good coordination work with several partners in DRC lead by the ministry of health. We have teams on the ground and it will not be surprising that we find new cases. And until the outbreak is over the job is not done."

Duration 30"

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