Min­istry: Ebola out­break worst in Congo’s his­tory

The Olympian - - Nation & World -

Congo’s lat­est Ebola out­break is the worst in the coun­try’s recorded his­tory with 319 con­firmed and prob­a­ble cases, the health min­istry said.

The deadly virus has killed about 198 peo­ple since the out­break was de­clared Aug. 1 in the volatile east, the min­istry said. Those dead in­clude 163 con­firmed Ebola cases, with 35 prob­a­ble deaths.

This is Congo’s 10th out­break since 1976, when the hem­or­rhagic fever was first iden­ti­fied, the min­istry said.

Health Min­is­ter Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga said late Fri­day that the fig­ures now ex­ceed that out­break.

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