Ebola spreads from Gabon to Congo, leaves 15 dead

GENEVA (Reuters) – An Ebola virus outbreak that has killed 11 people in Gabon spread across the border to Congo, where it has claimed 4 more lives, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

In a statement, the United Nations agency said that a total of 27 cases have been reported in the two countries, 25 of which have been confirmed.

The WHO and other public health experts on both sides of the border are tracing 227 people believed to have come into contact with the blood or other body fluids of the victims.

"It is still one outbreak. We are dealing with a remote part of the world, essentially the jungle, where people cross the border all the time," WHO spokesman Ian Simpson told Reuters. Of the 27 reported cases, 16 were in Gabon, including 11 fatalities, he said.

On Tuesday, the WHO said that quarantine and other measures to contain the outbreak in the forested region around Mekambo in northern Gabon appeared to be working.

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