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Congo Reports 11 New Fever Cases, Death Amid Ebola Outbreak

  • Health officials reported outbreak in northwest Congo on May 8
  • Ninth outbreak of disease since discovery in country in 1976
An Ebola virus virion.

An Ebola virus virion.

Photographer: Frederick Murphy/CDC via AP

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Eleven cases of hemorrhagic fever and one death have been recorded in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo, where an Ebola outbreak was declared on May 8, Health Minister Oly Ilunga said.

Seven patients are hospitalized in the town of Bikoro in Equateur province, including two who tested positive for the Zaire strain of the Ebola virus, while four are in a nearby health center, Ilunga told reporters Thursday in the capital, Kinshasa. Of five samples tested to date, only two have confirmed the presence of Ebola.