DRC ministry says Ebola outbreak worst in nation's history

2018-11-10 19:00
Ebola ( File, iStock)

Ebola ( File, iStock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry says the latest Ebola outbreak has now become the worst in the country's recorded history with 319 confirmed and probable cases.

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

This is DRC's 10th outbreak since 1976, when the hemorrhagic fever was first identified in Yambuku.

Health Minister Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga said the figures now exceed that outbreak. He said no other epidemic has been as complex.

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

Read more on:    drc  |  central africa  |  ebola  |  health
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.