'Very High Risk' That Ebola Will Spread From Congo: WHO

There's a "very high" risk that the latest Ebola outbreak in Congo will spread beyond that nation's borders, the World Health Organization warns.

The agency said two cases of the deadly virus were confirmed near the border with Uganda, the Associated Press reported.

As of Friday, there had been 124 confirmed Ebola cases, including 71 deaths, in the outbreak in northeastern Congo. The outbreak is now larger than the previous one in the northwest, which was declared over just a week before the current one was announced and had 54 confirmed cases, including 33 deaths.

"While substantial progress has been made, the situation is precarious," the WHO said of overall efforts to contain Ebola. However, it continues to recommend against any travel restrictions, the AP reported.

Congo health officials said more than 12,000 people have received Ebola vaccinations so far, while officials in Uganda said preparations are underway to begin vaccinations as needed.

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