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19 May 2018 1:42 PM DRC says 3 new Ebola cases confirmed in large city

Democratic Republic of Congo's health minister says three new cases of the often lethal Ebola virus have been confirmed in a city of more than 1 million people. The statement issued late on Friday says the confirmed cases are in Mbandaka city, where a single case was confirmed earlier in the week. There are now 17 confirmed Ebola cases in this outbreak 19

18 May 2018 8:51 AM 14 confirmed Ebola cases in DRC as emergency meeting held

There are now 14 confirmed Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo's latest outbreak as health officials rush to contain the often deadly virus in a city of more than 1 million. DRC has contained several past Ebola outbreaks but the spread of the hemorrhagic fever to an urban area poses a major challenge. The city of Mbandaka, which has one confirmed 17

17 May 2018 7:30 PM 2 UN peacekeepers freed in DRC's southeast

An official in Democratic Republic of Congo says two United Nations peacekeepers have been released after being held by rebels in the country's southeast. Tanganyika province vice-governor Ali Omar Simukinje told The Associated Press on Thursday that the peacekeepers from Benin had been held by the Mai Mai militia and were freed on Wednesday. UN DRC mission 20

17 May 2018 6:23 PM DRC's Ebola outbreak reports 1st confirmed urban case

Democratic Republic of Congo's latest Ebola outbreak has spread to a city of more than 1 million people, a worrying shift as the deadly virus risks traveling more easily in densely populated areas. Two suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in the Wangata health zones that include Mbandaka, the capital of northwestern Equateur province. The city is about 17

17 May 2018 11:00 AM Ebola outbreak has spread to DRC city, says WHO

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has spread to a city, the World Health Organisation said Thursday, raising concern the deadly virus may prove tougher to contain. "One new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, a city of nearly 1.2 million people in Equateur Province 19

14 May 2018 5:14 PM DRC approves use of experimental Ebola vaccine, WHO says

The Director General of the World Health Organisation says the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) officials have agreed to use an experimental Ebola vaccine. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday that use of the vaccine could begin by the end of this week. He said WHO has an agreement with DRC including all the necessary registration and import permits 27

13 May 2018 5:18 PM 2 British tourists kidnapped in DRC freed

Britain's foreign secretary says that two British tourists being held hostage in the Democratic republic of Congo have been released two days after being kidnapped. Boris Johnson didn't offer any further details in the statement released on Sunday, but paid tribute to the authorities from the African country and the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation 21

11 May 2018 5:00 PM DRC expels two British journalists

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have expelled two British journalists, including a photographer who has contributed to AFP coverage, their colleagues say. The two had been reporting on armed groups in the volatile Nord-Kivu region of the central African country, accompanied by a Congolese AFP journalist and members of a local non-government 29

10 May 2018 7:01 PM 5 new suspected Ebola cases reported in DRC's northwest

A hospital director says there are five new suspected cases of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo's northwestern town of Bikoro, where an outbreak of the often deadly hemorrhagic fever was declared this week. Dr Serge Ngalebato, Bikoro Hospital director, tells The Associated Press that two nurses who were in contact with patients are among the five suspected 23

09 May 2018 7:51 PM Risk of DRC's latest Ebola outbreak spreading 'very low'

The risk of Democratic Republic of Congo's latest Ebola outbreak spreading is "very low" because of the remote area, a Congolese disease expert said on Wednesday as medical teams arrived on the scene. Ebola has been confirmed in at least two people in the northwestern town of Bikoro. Those cases were discovered after officials last week were alerted 20