Deaths due to Ebola double in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The number of people killed in the current Ebola haemorrhagic fever outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has doubled in the last week to a total of 31 deaths. Authorities are warning that the outbreak could spread beyond the towns of Isiro and Viadana to other major towns if not controlled. Five of the deaths have occurred in health care workers who cared for some of the infected patients.

Any travellers in this area should avoid any direct contact with anyone suspected to have this infection since it is highly contagious and lethal. Transmission often occurs during burial rituals for deceased patients, close physical contact with infected persons and their body fluids, during sexual contact or within hospitals through contact with blood and body fluids of infected persons.

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