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Approximately 300 dead as DR Congo battles Ebola outbreak

The Ebola outbreak in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed roughly 300 lives. “There were 303 deaths (255 confirmed and 48 almost certainly) and 179 cured,” according to the statement from the ministry of health. Health expert have said this Ebola outbreak, the 10th in DR Congo, is like no other as they also face the threat of attack from armed groups and resistance from a wary population in a region that has never faced an Ebola outbreak before. Tracking suspected Ebola victims remains a challenge in areas controlled by rebels. The latest WHO assessment, released Thursday, simply calls the circumstances "unforgiving." Furthermore, DR Congo is set to hold a presidential election on Dec. 23, with this unrest already brewing. FRANCE 24’s Clément Bonnerot reports.

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