Health workers on duty in Mangina (image courtesy AFP)

DR Congo’s health ministry says the deadly Ebola virus has infected 300 people in the country eastern region since the outbreak almost two months ago.

“The virus has killed 186 people in the North Kivu and Ituri regions, while 88 others have been cured,’’ the ministry said on Monday.

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It was learned from authorities that about 26,000 people in the central African country have meanwhile received a vaccine to prevent Ebola.

Earlier this month, the health ministry said it will install health checkpoints at the entrances to all polling stations in Congo’s Ebola-affected region during the December presidential election, when millions of Congolese are expected to come out to vote.

The outbreak is concentrated in a region where numerous militia groups are fighting over Congo’s rich natural resources.