There are fears Ebola could have spread to the Democratic Republic of Congo after 10 people died from a disease with Ebola-like symptoms, local officials said.
The deceased, which included four health workers, lived in a remote part of the northern Equateur province of Boende. The country has now sent its health minister and a team of experts to the area to confirm if it is the deadly virus.
Michel Wangi, a spokesman for the governor' office, said: "An illness is spreading in Boende but we don't know the origin."
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