Ebola returns, two cases confirmed in Congo

Ten months after the end of an earlier outbreak, deadly hemorrhagic fever, Ebola has returned to Congo, with the country confirming two cases on Tuesday.

The Health Ministry said five samples were taken from suspected cases in Bikoro in the northwest. It said of the five samples sent to the National Institute of Biological Research in Kinshasa, two came back positive for the dreaded virus.

It however said no deaths have been reported among those hospitalized or among health personnel, since the case was observed on May 3.

The ministry said a team of experts will go to Bikoro on Wednesday to supervise and help monitor the situation to avoid further spread of the disease.

This is the ninth outbreak of Ebola in the central African nation since 1976.

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