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Ebola virus kills 14 in DRC

Democratic Republic of Congo - At least 28 cases of the Ebola virus have been identified in the emocratic Republic of Congo, killing 14 people, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

The incidents were all reported in Haut-Uele district in Province Orientale, in the north of the massive central African nation.

The WHO said it was working with the government to contain the spread of the potentially lethal virus. The UN's health agency did not recommend imposing travel or trade restriction on DR Congo.

The strain of the disease in DR Congo is believed to be unrelated to that found in Uganda in July and early August, which killed at least 16 people.

The virus was first identified in Congo in the 1970s. Ebola has a high fatality rate, with the virus often causing severe fevers, extreme vomiting and bleeding from internal organs. There is no standardized treatment for people infected. - Sapa-dpa

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