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10 dead in Ebola flareup in eastern DR Congo

AFP  |  Beni (DR Congo) 

Ten people have died in an outbreak of in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a toll issued today that said 27 other deaths were suspected to be Ebola-related.

Forty-four confirmed and probable cases have been recorded since the broke out in the province of on August 1, the ministry said.

Two suspected cases in Goma, a city of about a million people, "turned out to be negative" yesterday after lab tests, it said.

The outbreak is the country's 10th since 1976, when the was first identified in the DRC near the River, a tributary of the

The latest outbreak is centered in North Kivu's Beni region, which shares borders with and

The area is plagued by violence -- a problem that the World Organization (WHO) has said will hamper the emergency response.

Targeted vaccination, aiming primarily at front-line workers, began on Wednesday.

causes including vomiting, diarrhoea and in some cases internal and external bleeding.

It is often fatal if untreated.

In the epidemic, the struck the West African states of Guinea, and in 2013-15, killing more than 11,300 people.

The outbreak in was declared a week after WHO and the hailed the end of a flareup in northwestern province which killed 33 people.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 17:45 IST