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Ebola virus outbreak hits DR Congo town of Isiro

  • At least one person has died following an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    The death is one of two cases that have been discovered in the town of Isiro.

    Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has set out to find and isolate anyone who has been in contact with those infected by the virus.

    According to MSF, the strain in the DRC is not the same as the kind recently found in neighboring Uganda last month.

    Around 16 people died during that outbreak.

    The DR Congo outbreak occurred in Oriental province, on the border of Uganda.

    The Ebola virus, for which there is no vaccine, is transmitted to humans from monkeys and birds and causes massive internal bleeding.

    It is spread by close personal contact and has a very high mortality rate.