More than 1,800 people have died and more than 2,700 have been infected in the latest outbreak of Ebola in central Africa.The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the crisis a public health emergency of international concern. The outbreak is the second-largest in the history of the virus. It follows the 2013-16 epidemic in West Africa that killed more than 11,300 people.1. Ebola cases are on the riseSo far, more than 1,800 people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the latest outbreak, which began in August last year.The death of a priest from the disease in the eastern city of Goma, a major transport hub on the DR Congo-Rwanda border, could be a “game-changer” given the city has a large population, the WHO said.He had travelled 200km (125 miles) by bus from Butembo – one of the towns hardest hit by Ebola – where he had mixed with worshippers sick with the disease.The DR Congo health ministry said the driver of the bus he was travelling on and the other 18 passengers were being vaccinated.However, the case has heightened concerns the outbreak could spread to Rwanda. The country’s authorities have ruled out closing the border saying the… Read full this story
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