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11.18am BST

The Democratic Republic of Congo has reported that a second person fell victim to Ebola in the days before health authorities had hoped to declare an end to the latest outbreak there.

Today had been the deadline to declare the 20-month Ebola epidemic in DRC over, but on Friday, a 26-year-old man, in the city of Beni, was listed as having died from the disease, and a young girl who was being treated in the same health centre died on Sunday.

Pop-up vaccination sites were rapidly set up in #Beni #DRC to vaccinate contacts linked to recent #Ebola deaths in the area. @WHO & partners are working together to overcome resistance & break the chain of transmission within the community.

11.07am BST

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