KINSHASA, Congo – Ministry of Health of the Congo says that the most recent epidemics of the Ebola virus have become the worst in the history of this country with 319 confirmed and probable cases.
The ministry informed on Friday that the deadly virus killed about 198 people since the outbreak was announced on August 1 in an unstable east. To these dead, 163 confirmed cases of Ebola, with 35 likely deaths.
This is the 10th outbreak of the Congo epidemic since 1976, when the hemorrhagic fever in Yambuku was first identified.
Health Minister Dr. Oly Ilung Kalenga said that the numbers are above this epidemic. He said that no other epidemic was so complex.
Armed groups fighting for control over the mineral-rich east of the Congo carried out regular attacks in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu in the Congo, complicating the reaction of health officials who also face resistance from the community.
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