Over 1,000 Dead in Congo’s Ebola Outbreak

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Over 1,510 cases of Ebola have been reported in North Kivu and Itori provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Congo’s Ministry of Health, on Friday, May 3,2019, reported that there have been 1,008 Ebola deaths till date.

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a rare and deadly disease most commonly affecting people and nonhuman primates.

This is caused by an infection of a group of viruses within the genus.

Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Since then, the virus has been infecting people from time to time, leading to outbreaks in several African countries.

World Health Organization (WHO), reported that there have been a considerable rise of Ebola cases over the past week in Congo.

A press briefing released by the WHO, by Doctor Ryan said as at the first of may, there have been 1510 deaths caused by the Ebola Virus.

He said the situation have become increasingly insecure, as they lost a colleague Dr Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung  to the virus.

” Since January, we have experienced 119 separate attacks, 42 of which have been directly on health facilities, with 85 health personnel either injured or killed in those settings.

He said they were dealing with a difficult situation, and that whenever they thought they have curbed the virus,they had to deal with an escalating cost.

They were anticipating a scenario of continued , intense transmission.

According to WHO “the outbreak is the second deadliest and second largest in History, topped only by one in West Africa in 2004, when the disease killed more than 11,000 people.

 

 

 

 


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