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DR Congo Ebola Deaths Rise to Over 280, Nation Deals with Worst-Ever Outbreak

KINSHASA Ė The death toll from an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo stood at 283 by Monday, in what was the worst such epidemic in the central African nationís history.

According to a statement issued by the Congolese Health Ministry Sunday night, the deceased comprised 235 confirmed cases of the virus, and 48 probable.

Meanwhile, a total of 494 cases of the disease have been recorded in the region, 446 of whom are confirmed and the other 48 are probable, the statement added.

This current epidemic exceeded what was considered the deadliest Ebola outbreak in the countryís history that occurred in the town of Yambuku in August 1976.

Almost 43,450 people have been vaccinated mostly in the cities of Beni, Katwa, Mabalako and Butembo, since Aug. 8, when the initiative started.

This Ebola outbreak, which emerged shortly after the DRCís government declared an end to another outbreak in the west of the country in June, was announced on Aug. 1 in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri.

On Nov. 30, the World Health Organization confirmed that the current Ebola outbreak in Congo is now the second-worst in history globally.

The worst case in history so far is when the virus killed over 11,000 people in West Africa between 2014 and 2016.

Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of infected people or animals, and is widely feared for its mortality rate of up to 90 percent and for causing heavy internal and external bleeding.

 

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