17 killed in fresh Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

New Ebola outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of Congo

A fresh Ebola outbreak has been declared in the north-west of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The health ministry says on Tuesday that there are two confirmed cases of the virus and 17 deaths.

The incident in the town of Bikoro comes more than a year after an outbreak in the country killed four people.

In 2014. More than 11,000 people were killed in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the outbreak declaration was made after laboratory results confirmed two cases of Ebola out of a sample of five suspected patients,.

The international health organisation said it has released $1m from an emergency fund and has deployed more than 50 experts to work with officials in the country.

This is the ninth time an Ebola outbreak has been recorded in the DR Congo.

The virus was first discovered there in 1976 (when the country was known as Zaire) and is named after the Ebola river.

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