Two cases of Ebola confirmed in Democratic Republic of Congo

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   OUTBREAK Two new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Congo

The health ministry of the Democratic Republic of Congo announced on Tuesday that seventeen people have died from Ebola in an outbreak it called a "public health emergency with global impact".

The global health organisation says it has released $1m (£738,000) from an emergency fund and has deployed more than 50 experts to work with officials in the DR Congo.

In West Africa, an Ebola outbreak that ended two years ago killed more than 11,300 people and infected some 28,600 as it rolled through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia before finally being contained.

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This is the ninth time an Ebola outbreak has been recorded in the country. Of these, two came back to be positive for Zaire strain of Ebola virus.

"Since notification of the cases on May 3, no deaths have been reported either among the hospitalised cases or the healthcare personnel", the statement said.

"Our country is facing another epidemic of the Ebola virus, which constitutes an global public health emergency", the ministry added in a statement.

The global health organisation said it released US$1 million (NZ$1.4 million) from an emergency fund and deployed more than 50 experts to work with officials in the country.

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Bikoro is located on the shores of Lake Tumba close to the border with the Republic of the Congo.

Following an incubation period of between two and 21 days, Ebola develops into a high fever, weakness, intense muscle and joint pain, headaches and a sore throat.

The government also made a decision to deploy on Wednesday a team of experts from the central level from Kinshasa to Bikoro with a set of appropriate equipment to oversee the investigations and the organization of the response on field. The virus can be spread from human to human or can be transmitted to people from animals, according to WHO. More than 11,300 people died and some 28,600 were infected, majority in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

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