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New case of Ebola found in eastern Congo

Five months after the end of an Ebola outbreak, a new case of the deadly viral disease has been diagnosed in Congo. A 3-year-old boy was admitted to a hospital in the east of the country with symptoms. He did indeed have Ebola. The toddler died last week.

About a hundred people are known to have had contact with the boy. They are monitored to see if they develop any symptoms of the disease. Ebola patients have flu symptoms such as fever and headache and have bleeding all over their bodies. More than half of the patients die.

Ebola was first diagnosed in 1976, near the Congolese river of the same name. Since then, there have been 12 outbreaks in the country. An outbreak three years ago killed nearly 2,300 people in eastern Congo. The resurgence of the virus earlier this year resulted in six deaths.

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