Just a week after being declared Ebola-free, the Democratic Republic of Congo said Wednesday that a new outbreak of the deadly virus has killed at least 20 people.
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Authorities in North Kivu Province notified the country's Health Ministry on Saturday of 26 suspected cases of Ebola, including the 20 deaths, Health Minister Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga said in a statement, The New York Times reported.
Samples from the six survivors were tested Tuesday, and four were positive for Ebola.
"The Democratic Republic of Congo is facing a new epidemic," the minister said in the statement.
This is the 10th time since 1976 that Ebola has threatened the Democratic Republic of Congo, The Times reported.
The previous outbreak lasted a few months and killed at least 33 people. It was declared over on July 24.
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