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Congo: Illness with Ebola-like symptoms kills several

An empty ward after patients left while others are scared to be admitted as they fear contracting the Ebola virus at the Kenema Government Hospital situated in the Eastern Province around 300 km from the capital city of Freetown in Kenema, Sierra Leone August 10, 2014. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)

KINSHASA: Democratic Republic of Congo has sent its health minister and a team of experts to the remote northern Equateur province after several people died there from a disease with Ebola-like symptoms, a local official and a professor said Wednesday.

It was not immediately clear if there was any connection with Ebola. An epidemic of that disease has killed more than 1,200 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

 

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