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Epidemic in diamond area identified as pneumonic plague

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NAIROBI, 5 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - At least 38 people have died and at least 1,300 others are diagnosed with a disease the UK-based medical NGO Merlin calls a highly contagious form of pneumonic plague, which broke out in July in the remote diamond mining area of Libaku ya Suka in the Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern Maniema Province.

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