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Ebola Has Claimed 90 Lives in DR Congo

  • The Ebola that broke out in the Democratic Republic of Congo's urban area is still not under control. The deadly virus has claimed 90 lives so far since its outbreak on 1 August. Heavily populated Mangina town is the outbreak epicenter. According to the charity Oxfam, the following few weeks might see progress in containing the virus. Jose Barahona, the country director of Oxfam in DR Congo, has stated that “While the transmission rate appeared to be slowing down due to communities responding quickly to prevent the spread, these new cases in urban areas mean we're not out of the woods yet.”

    This marks the ninth time there's an Ebola outbreak in DR Congo. Last time it occurred in 2014 and killed more than 11,000 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.