New Ebola outbreak in DRC is 'truly frightening', says Wellcome Trust director

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A Red Cross Safe and Dignified Burial team (SDB) respond to an Ebola alert in the DRC

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Nearly 1,400 people have died in a recent outbreak in DR Congo

The head of a major medical research charity has called the latest outbreak of Ebola in central Africa “truly frightening”.

Nearly 1,400 people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dr Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust, said the epidemic was the worst since that of 2013-16 and has showed “no sign of stopping”.

A five-year-old boy has also died in neighbouring Uganda, the first case of Ebola reported in the country.

The Ugandan government is now reporting seven other suspected cases of the virus.

In a statement, Dr Farrar said the spread was “tragic but…



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