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The new outbreak has infected 11 people including three nurses.

Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said during a press briefing the government had increased the level of alertness, that surveillance in all border entry areas have been increased.

The worldwide friendly game, scheduled for May 28 in Port Harcourt, between Nigeria and DR Congo could called off as a result of a fresh outbreak of Ebola in the central African country.

The first Ebola death was confirmed in a new outbreak and 11 people have now been infected by the deadly virus in Democratic Republic of Congo, including three health workers. "This situation worries us and requires an immediate and energetic response".

At least 17 people have died since inhabitants of a village in the country's northwest began showing symptoms resembling Ebola in December, according to the World Health Organization.

There have been two confirmed cases of the virus and 17 deaths, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

Nevertheless, the confirmed death and cases is the ninth time Ebola has been recorded in the central African nation.

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Before the outbreak was confirmed, local health officials reported 21 patients showing signs of hemorrhagic fever around the village of Ikoko Impenge, near the town of Bikoro.

"We have isolated the patients", Ngalebato said. All of those could be traced back to Ikoko Impenge, about 60 km (37 miles) away from Bikoro, except for one from the next door hamlet of Pangi.

Ngaleto said of all cases so far reported, seven were now in the hospital in Bikoro.

Congo's long experience of Ebola and its remote geography mean outbreaks are often localised and relatively easy to isolate. The Congo Republic is just on the other side of the river. The ongoing epidemic is located in the Bikoro health zone, located in Equateur province, in western Democratic Republic of the Congo and on the border with the Republic of Congo.

Ebola is best known and most feared for the internal and external bleeding it can cause in its victims, owing to damage done to blood vessels.

Nigeria's health ministry on Wednesday ordered emergency measures to be put in place to screen visitors from the DR Congo and neighbouring countries. Similar measures helped Africa's most populous country contain the virus during the West African epidemic that began in 2013.


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