Congo: 198 Ebola deaths worst out­break in coun­try’s his­tory

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

KIN­SHASA, Congo — 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 virus has killed 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. Nearly 100 peo­ple have sur­vived Ebola.

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

Armed groups vy­ing for con­trol of Congo’s min­eral-rich east have staged reg­u­lar at­tacks in Congo’s Ituri and North Kivu prov­inces, com­pli­cat­ing the re­sponse by health of­fi­cials who are also meet­ing com­mu­nity re­sis­tance.

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