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Two Ebola Deaths Confirmed in DRC

FILE - American aid goods are loaded onto a truck after it arrived by airplane, to be used in the fight against the Ebola virus spreading in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 24, 2014.
FILE - American aid goods are loaded onto a truck after it arrived by airplane, to be used in the fight against the Ebola virus spreading in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 24, 2014.
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Two Ebola deaths have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the country's health minister said Sunday.

According to Felix Kabange Numbi, samples from two of eight people in the country tested positive for the virus.

Also Sunday, a British citizen who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone was being evacuated to Britain. He was to be treated in isolation at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

Two American aid workers infected with Ebola in Liberia and brought back to the U.S. have recovered. They were both released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, last week.

Referring to one of those cases on Friday, the World Health Organization tweeted "Kent Brantly is not the only person who has recovered from Ebola.”

The tweet included a link to a video with three Ebola survivors in Africa.

The World Health Organization reports 1,427 people have died from the Ebola virus during the current outbreak. It also said that as of Friday there were 2,615 confirmed cases in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. 

Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected person. 

The disease causes fever, vomiting, diarrhea and uncontrollable bleeding through bodily openings, including the eyes, ears and nose. 

Previous outbreaks have had a death rate of up to 90 percent, but the death rate in the current epidemic is closer to 50 percent.

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by: DWB from: UK
August 24, 2014 9:33 PM
please guys, the Ebola strain in CDR is a very different strain from the Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia. The CDR strain is far more virulent for one thing, and second it could be transmitted by air.

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