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WHO expects more Ebola cases in Congo, can't reach no-go areas

Reuters , Friday 17 Aug 2018
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Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference after an Emergency Committee meeting on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, August 14, 2018. (Reuters photo)
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The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that it could not be certain that it had identified all people exposed to the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu region, where insecurity prevents aid workers from reaching some areas.

More than 500 people have been vaccinated so far against the disease in Congo's latest outbreak, marked by a total of 78 confirmed and probable cases including 44 deaths, it said. Some 1,500 people have been identified as contacts of infected people.

"We don't know if we are having all transmission chains identified. We expect to see more cases as a result of earlier infections and infection developing into illness," WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told a Geneva news briefing.

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