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25 Aug 2014
Men in the fog in a remote community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). UN Photo/Myriam Asmani
A fresh outbreak of Ebola fever has killed 13 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to UN sources in the country.
The UN Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) has created an Ebola task force in response to the outbreak.
Over 1000 people have died from the disease, which causes internal bleeding, in three West African countries over the past year.
MONUSCO is also tracking and screening all its staff travelling to and from the affected countries in West Africa.
UN Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric has more.
“Our humanitarian colleagues report today that the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed that Ebola has resurfaced in the country. The Congolese health minister Felix Kabange Numbi said the outbreak killed 13 people since July in a remote village in the area of Boende, Equateur Province, more than 1,200 km from Kinshasa. Minister Kabange said the strain of this outbreak was different from the one that’s been ravaging West Africa.” (26″)
Ebola was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1976 and this is the 7th time the disease has broken out in the country.
The latest bout. which claimed 36 lives, was in Province Orientale in 2012.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations