DRC doc­tor catches Ebola

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GENEVA: A doc­tor in eastern Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo has been hos­pi­talised with Ebola, and 97 of his con­tacts have been iden­ti­fied in an area al­most en­tirely sur­rounded by armed mili­tia, says the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO).

“It is the first time we have a con­firmed case and con­tacts in an area of high in­se­cu­rity. It is re­ally the prob­lem we were an­tic­i­pat­ing and at same time dread­ing,” Dr Peter Salama, WHO deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral for emer­gency pre­pared­ness and re­sponse, said yes­ter­day.

The town of Oicha is al­most en­tirely sur­rounded by ADF Ugan­dan Is­lamist mili­tia. There were “ex­tremely se­ri­ous se­cu­rity con­cerns”, he said, adding that the group held hostages. – Reuters

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