Ebola out­break ‘is worst in Congo’s his­tory’

Gulf Times - - REGION/ARAB WORLD/AFRICA -

The cur­rent Ebola out­break in the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo is the most se­vere in the coun­try’s his­tory with 319 con­firmed and prob­a­ble cases, the health min­istry said late on Fri­day. The haem­or­rhagic fever is be­lieved to have killed 198 peo­ple in North Kivu and Ituri prov­inces, where at­tacks by armed groups and com­mu­nity re­sis­tance to health of­fi­cials have com­pli­cated the re­sponse. Congo has suf­fered 10 Ebola out­breaks since the virus was dis­cov­ered near the epony­mous Ebola River in 1976. “The cur­rent epi­demic is the worst in the his­tory of DRC,” Jes­sica Ilunga, a spokes­woman for the min­istry told Reuters. With over 300 cases the epi­demic also ranks as third worst in the his­tory of the con­ti­nent, fol­low­ing the 2013-2016 out­break in West Africa where over 28,000 cases were con­firmed and an out­break in Uganda in 2000 in­volv­ing 425 cases.

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