Latest Ebola outbreak in DRC

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Added On August 6, 2018

An outbreak of the Ebola virus declared this week in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is believed to have killed 33 people.
 
Officials have so far confirmed that 13 cases were ebola, while the remaining deaths have all been linked to the current outbreak.
 
The latest flare-up was announced one week after the DR Congo's government declared the end of another outbreak in the country. Health authorities say they have no evidence the two are connected.
 
Health officials will distribute a vaccine to the affected areas.
 
The World Health Organization warned the outbreak is occurring in a conflict zone in the eastern part of the country, which could complicate efforts to stem the virus.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): PETER SALAMA, Deputy Director General of WHO
"It's going to be a very, very complex operation. As I mentioned earlier, on the scale of degree of difficulty – trying to extinguish an outbreak of a deadly high-threat pathogen in a war zone - reaches the top any of our scales."
 
The WHO said 3,000 vaccine doses were still in DR Congo's capital after being positioned there for the earlier outbreak.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): PETER SALAMA, Deputy Director General of WHO
"The good news is that we do have, although it's still an investigational product, a safe and effective vaccine, that we were able to deploy last time around."
 
Ebola, a highly infectious disease that causes a fever, often leads to massive internal bleeding and death.