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19 Feb 2002 description

LIBREVILLE, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Ebola, a deadly virus which has already claimed 55 lives, has spread from a remote region to Gabon's more populated north near its borders with three other countries, health officials said on Tuesday.

Health Minister Faustin Boukoubi told state television that the 55th victim in Gabon and the Republic of Congo had died in the northern Gabon town of Oyem, not in the northeast as announced earlier.

This places the latest fatality near Gabon's borders with Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Republic of Congo.

Oyem, some 275 km northwest of …