A health worker is sprayed with chlorine after visiting the isolation ward at Bikoro hospital, which received a new suspected Ebola case, in Bikoro, Democratic Republic of Congo May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jean Robert N'Kengo
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The Democratic Republic of Congo and U.N. agencies began deploying emergency teams of specialists over the weekend to try to prevent the spread of an Ebola epidemic suspected to have infected more than 30 people, they said Sunday.Congo had suffered eight Ebola epidemics previous, but owing to remote geography and poor transport links they have tended to fizzle out rather than spread to become a national crisis.Officials say the immediate risk is to the provincial capital Mbandaka, with about 1 million inhabitants, but Congo's nine neighbors have also been put on high alert in case Ebola crosses a border, especially to Republic of Congo or Central African Republic.
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