The eastern DRC is in the midst of the second-worst outbreak of Ebola in history, with treatment becoming more difficult [File: Baz Ratner/Reuters]

The spread of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) appears to be accelerating with more than 2,000 cases recorded, two-thirds of them fatal, according to government figures, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The number of confirmed cases reached the milestone three times as quickly as it took to reach 1,000, experts said on Tuesday.

Eastern DRC is now in the midst of the second-worst outbreak of the disease in history. Attacks by rebel groups have complicated health workers’ efforts to contain it.

In Beni, 16 people were killed in clashes with suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels, 13 of them

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