CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-Congo death signals new Ebola outbreak-ministry

Fri May 12, 2017 5:39pm GMT

(Corrects number of deaths in 2014 outbreak in paragraph 6)

* Outbreak is Congo's eighth, most of any country

* Nine suspected cases, three deaths

* Authorities could respond with new vaccine

By Aaron Ross

KINSHASA, May 12 (Reuters) - A person in Democratic Republic of Congo who died of a haemorrhagic fever has tested positive for the Ebola virus, signaling the start of a new outbreak, the Health Ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

The case was confirmed from tests on nine people who came down with a hemorrhagic fever in Bas-Uele province in the northeast of the country on or after April 22, a ministry statement said. Three people have died of fever.

"Our country must confront an outbreak of the Ebola virus that constitutes a public health crisis of international significance," the ministry said.

The WHO's Congo spokesman, Eugene Kabambi, said: "It is in a very remote zone, very forested, so we are a little lucky. We always take this very seriously."   Continued...

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