Sep 29, 2018 - Health

Congo's Ebola outbreak has "very high" risk of spreading

Doctors in hazmat suits in the Congo.

Health workers carry out the body of a patient in Congo with unconfirmed Ebola virus. Photo: John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images.

The World Health Organization classified Ebola's spread from Democratic Republic of the Congo "very high," Saturday as two confirmed cased were discovered near Uganda's border, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: The outbreak in northeastern Congo is far more threatening than one earlier reported in August due to the largely dense urban population and rebel threat. As of Friday, 124 Ebola cases were confirmed with 71 deaths. Go deeper: WHO warns renewed violence in Congo endangers Ebola efforts

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