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Over 200 Contacts Being Monitored In DR Congo Following New Ebola Outbreak

World Health Organization (WHO) experts have arrived in Butembo, Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, to support local health authorities in their response. Over 200 contacts are now being monitored, following the resurgence of the virus one week ago, WHO said.

This comes a day after a second person died of Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo three months after authorities declared the end of the country’s latest outbreak, WHO said on Thursday.

According to the World Health Organisation’s country office, the second victim was a female 60-year-old farm worker who died on Wednesday.

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The woman was linked to the first fatality in the Biena health zone of North Kivu province, it added.

That first case involved a woman, the wife of an Ebola survivor, who died on February 3.

The World Health Organization, through its Director-General Tedros Adhanom Thursday announced that it hopes to begin a vaccination drive against Ebola in the DRC later this week.

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