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The first Ebola cases outside West Africa since the outbreak there began in March have been reported by authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Several people in the Equateur region in the DRC’s north-west have died in the past month after contracting “an unidentified fever.”

According to the Health Minister, two of the fever victims had tested positive for Ebola, and a quarantine zone would be implemented in a 100-km radius where the cases had occurred.

The health minister noted that this marked the seventh outbreak of Ebola in the DRC, where the virus was first identified in 1976 near the Ebola River.

He added that further tests were being carried out, it is thought to be unlikely that the DRC cases are directly linked to the West African outbreak, with a different strain of the deadly virus suspected.
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