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Ebola kills at least one person in Congo, WHO says

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The outbreak reportedly affects the northeast of the DRC

According to the UK Guardian, Investigations are still being carried out into how the Ebola virus - which killed 49 people in DRC during a three-month outbreak in 2014 - suddenly occurred in the equatorial forest region of Bas-Uele province, which borders Central African Republic (CAR). Members of the Emergency Committee, created to monitor the situation in the continent, agreed that the situation in West Africa now "no longer constitutes" a public health emergency of worldwide concern.

The worst Ebola outbreak in history occurred between 2013 and 2016.

The epidemic, which is now small, is in Bas-Uele province, near the northern border with the Central African Republic.

Ilunga also said the Congolese government "has taken all necessary measures to respond quickly and efficiently to this new outbreak".

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The country has reported nine suspected cases of the virus and three deaths since April 22, according to World Health Organization communications officer Christoper Lindmeier.

On 21 November 2014, the World Health Organization announced declared the Ebola virus disease outbreak was over, 42 days after no new cases had been detected. He said the confirmed case was of the Zaire strain of the virus. There were three deaths, including the patient who tested positive. A wider outbreak occurred in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in 2014-2015, killing more than 11,000 people.

This marks the eighth outbreak of the deadly virus since it was first discovered 1976.

A virion of the Ebola virus, as seen in a colorized transmission electron micrograph made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, two American nurses were infected after caring for a Liberian man who died from the virus in the hospital where they worked.