First Death Confirmed in DRC Ebola Outbreak

The first death and 11 new cases have been confirmed in an Ebola outbreak in the Bikoro region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said Thursday.

Three health care professionals are among the confirmed cases, according to Minister of Health Dr. Oly Ilunga. The outbreak of the deadly virus was announced Tuesday, CNN reported.

On Thursday, the World Health Organization said 27 cases of fever with hemorrhagic symptoms were recorded in the Bikoro region between April 4 and May 5, including 17 deaths.

Of those 27 cases, two tested positive for Ebola, according to the WHO.

The agency said the risk to public health is high at the local level, moderate at the regional level and low at the global level, CNN reported.

The health ministry and the WHO have developed a plan to deal with the Ebola outbreak over the next three months. The WHO said the full extent of the outbreak is unknown and the location poses significant logistical challenges due to limited communication and poor transportation infrastructure.

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