May 10, 2018 / 9:17 AM / 2 months ago

First suspected deaths in Congo Ebola outbreak came in January - WHO

KINSHASA, May 10 (Reuters) - Cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in an area of Congo that is facing an Ebola epidemic as far back as December and the first deaths were reported in January, a spokesman for the World Health Organization said in the capital Kinshasa on Thursday.

The health ministry said on Tuesday that at least 17 people had died in an area of northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo where health officials have now confirmed an outbreak of Ebola.

"According to our early information, the cases have been reported since December and the first deaths were reported in January, but the link between the deaths and the epidemic has not yet been established," WHO Congo spokesman Eugene Kabambi told Reuters. (Reporting by Patient Ligodi Writing by Tim Cocks Editing by Gareth Jones)

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