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New Ebola outbreak reported in DR Congo


Authorities in Congo are reporting a new outbreak of Ebola in the western part of the African nation on Monday.

The World Health Organization said it already has a “surge team” on the ground in the city of Mbandaka, where six cases of the deadly virus have been identified, according to a statement Monday. Four of those victims have died and two are still being treated.

“This is a reminder that COVID-19 is not the only health threat people face,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

 “Although much of our attention is on the pandemic, WHO is continuing to monitor and respond to many other health emergencies.”

Mbandaka, a city of 1.5 million people on the Congo River, is about 620 miles from North Kivu province, where an earlier and ongoing outbreak of Ebola has killed more than 2,200.

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