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DR Congo says Ebola outbreak over

Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have said a separate Ebola outbreak which killed dozens of people this year as an unrelated Ebola epidemic swept West Africa is now over.

DR Congo's health minister Felix Kabange Numbi made the announcement today.

Authorities said at least 49 people had died, including eight health workers, since Ebola erupted in Equateur province in north-western DR Congo in August.

The DR Congo outbreak came amid an epidemic in West Africa which has killed more than 5,000 people, but DR Congo's Ebola cases were not related to those in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The haemorrhagic fever was first discovered in DR Congo in 1976, and there have been sporadic outbreaks in the country over the years. It is not known how the virus first emerged in Guinea which sparked the current epidemic.

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