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Ebola virus spreads in eastern DRC

2012-09-08 22:00

Goma - Officials in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) say the Ebola epidemic has spread to a second centre after a woman was contaminated during the funeral of a victim of the disease and travelled back to her home.

The health officials say 15 people have died since the beginning of the epidemic.

DRC authorities are warning the population of the risks linked to the washing and displaying of dead bodies, a tradition that is widespread in Africa.

The practice facilitates the spread of the deadly haemorrhagic fever.

Around 170 people are currently under surveillance after they came into contact with infected patients.

Ebola was first discovered in the DRC in 1976 and has no cure. The disease causes severe internal bleeding and is fatal in 40% to 90% of cases.

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  • piet.boerie - 2012-09-09 04:37

    Google Eastern Congo and we get Rare earth and war. Google mining in eastern congo. Google Coltan and you get Bayer AG, Cabot Corporation, Eagle Wings Resources International, Forrest Group and OM Group. Ok so if you think thats too way out then who has supplied the weapons and money for all armies? You have to raise capital to have armies. Which Brands have these blood minerals? They are in our consumer goods. My chinese made Apple. China has 70% of the Rare earth market. Make your goods here we trade it at a lower price, manufacture else where double the price. This is the minerals that have bought the wealth. It is time for Fair Trade Minerals.

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