The Straits Times
Published on Sep 13, 2012

Ebola death toll doubles to 31 in Congo


WHO KINSHASA (Reuters) - An outbreak of Ebola in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo was not controlled and the number of people killed by the disease has more than doubled to 31 in the past week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday.

"The epidemic is not under control ... On the contrary the situation is very, very serious," Mr Eugene Kabambi, a spokesman for WHO in Kinshasa told Reuters via telephone.

The disease has struck people in the towns of Isiro and Viadana in the Orientale province.