Health experts say tests have confirmed a new outbreak of deadly Ebola virus in the Republic of Congo, killing nine people.

World Health Organization representative Doctor Alzouma Yada Adamou said Wednesday two others have been diagnosed with Ebola in the northwestern Cuvette region of Congo, near the border with Gabon.  He said a total of 11 cases have been reported this month.

In 2003, more than 120 people died of the highly contagious disease in the same area.

Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever, causes rapid death through internal and external bleeding.

The World Heath Organization says the disease kills between 50 and 90 percent of victims, depending on the strain.

Scientists believe outbreaks are caused by people eating infected bush meat.

Some information for this report provided by AP, Reuters.