Ebola grips Congo, claims over 200 lives

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Kinshasa: The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the Ministry of Health.

Butembo, with more than one million residents, is now reporting cases of the deadly hemorrhagic fever.

Health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to the demands of an epidemic with no end in sight.

This complicates Ebola containment work already challenged by rebel attacks elsewhere that have made tracking the virus almost impossible in some isolated villages.

The outbreak declared in August is now second only to the devastating West Africa outbreak that killed more than 11,300 people in 2014.

The Health Ministry said, there are currently 471 Ebola cases, of which 423 are confirmed, including 225 confirmed deaths.

The Ebola virus is spread via bodily fluids of those infected, including the dead. The deadly disease causes fever, severe headache and in some cases haemorrhaging — kills about half of those infected.

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