The state of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is now the second largest number of such cases in history after the Ebola epidemic from West Africa 2014-2016, Stefan Dujaric, a spokesman for the UN chief, on Wednesday.
The current epidemic has already claimed that 461 lives are from 689 confirmed and 54 probable cases, the Health Organization of Health (WHO) said.
A lot of contagious haemorrhagic disease was first reported in the latest epidemic in North Kivu and spread to the south in the conflict areas of the DRC, confusing the efforts of healthcare workers who are already facing pockets of distrust in the region, Dujaric said.
In the West African epidemic, the first case was reported in December 2013 in Guinea. From there, the disease originally spread to neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone, and then eventually to Italy, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The epidemic ended in June 2016 with a total of 28,616 cases, including 11,310 deaths, according to the WHO. Enditem
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