There are 152 probable deaths due to Ebola in DR Congo

There are 152 probable deaths due to Ebola in DR Congo

The number of probable deaths due to the Ebola outbreak in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) amounts to 152, of which 117 were positive in the laboratory, according to the latest data from the Congolese Ministry of Health.

In a report issued with figures in effect until October 19, the authorities indicate that the total number of cases stands at 235, of which 200 are confirmed and 35 are probable.

The outbreak was declared on August 1 in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, although the control of the epidemic has been resented by the refusal of some communities to receive treatment and insecurity in the area, where armed groups operate.

The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) reported on the 17th that it has taken action in four countries bordering the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda) for fear of spreading the Ebola outbreak .

Conflict and insecurity are hindering the response of health workers to the outbreak, which increases the risk of expanding the disease to more provinces in the DRC and neighboring countries, warned the IFRC.

Since August 8, when the vaccinations began, more than 20,200 people have been inoculated, mostly in the cities of Mabalako, Beni, Mandima, Katwa and Butembo, according to the latest figures from the Congolese Ministry of Health.

This is the second outbreak declared in 2018 in the DRC – only eight days after the Congolese Health Minister, Oly Ilunga, proclaimed the end of the previous epidemic in the west of the country – and the worst of the last decade in the Republic Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with blood and contaminated body fluids, causes hemorrhagic fever and can reach a mortality rate of 90% if not treated in time.

The most devastating global outbreak was declared in March 2014, with cases that date back to December 2013 in Guinea Conakry, country from which it expanded to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Almost two years later, in January 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of this epidemic, in which 11,300 people died and more than 28,500 were infected, figures that, according to this UN agency, could be conservative.


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