No Ebola cases detected in Iraq

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The deadly Ebola virus has not been found in Iraq, an investigation by the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed.

Local media had reported a rumour of Ebola cases in Mosul, Ninewa province.

Mosul has been under the control of the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) since June 2014.

The disease has recently caused the death of more than 8000 people in West Africa.

The probe was carried out through existing surveillance networks, as well as through contacts with health authorities and medical sources in Ibn Sina Hospital in Mosul.

Iraq's Ministry of Health and WHO have scaled up surveillance efforts to ensure early detection and safe management of any eventual suspected Ebola cases in the country.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

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