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Ebola outbreak: Has claimed nearly 2,000 lives in the Congo

The current Ebola outbreak in Congo is approaching the 2,000 people killed by the virus, the executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme said Friday.

In a press release, Dr. Mike Ryan noted that while the UN health agency has the vaccines and medicines that could change the course of the outbreak, delivering such resources to the people in need remains complicated, AP reported.

“Over the past few weeks we have detected worrying tracts of the disease,” said Ryan, who stressed that Ebola continues to affect new regions in Congo. He said a case in the village of Pinga, northeast of the city of Goma, had no known links to other cases.

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