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An outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 19 people, according to the World Health Organization.

A total of 39 cases have been reported in the northwestern Equateur province, the WHO said Monday. The infected include three health care workers.

Congo’s Ministry of Health and the WHO are tracing contacts of the victims and offering them an experimental Ebola vaccine.

The WHO says the vaccine, called rVSV-ZEBOV, has been been tested in thousands of volunteers in Europe, Africa and the United States and was judged safe for humans.

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