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WHO says Ebola outbreak has spread to DR Congo city

AFP  |  Geneva 

The outbreak in the Democratic Republic of has spread to a city, the World Organization said today, raising concern the deadly virus may prove tougher to contain.

"One new case of virus disease has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three zones of Mbandaka, a city of nearly 1.2 million people in in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo," the UN's agency said in a statement.

The outbreak, publicly declared on May 8, had previously been reported in a rural area of Equateur that lies roughly 150 kilometres (93 miles) from Mbandaka.

"This is a concerning development," WHO said in the statement.

The agency said it was deploying around 30 experts to Mbandaka "to conduct surveillance in the city." Forty-four cases have been reported in the outbreak so far, including three confirmed, 20 probable and 21 suspected, according to the WHO's tally.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 15:40 IST