The death toll in the Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo now stands at 1,008, the country’s health minister reported.

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The outbreak was declared nearly nine months ago and is the second deadliest outbreak of the virus, the Associated Press reported Friday.

The deadliest outbreak occurred in 2014-16 in West Africa, killing more than 11,000 people.

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Hostility toward health workers is hindering efforts to contain the Congo outbreak. International aid organizations have halted their work in some communities due to the risks, the AP reported.

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