THE EBOLA epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has surpassed 1,000 cases, the Health Ministry has confirmed, adding the outbreak had already killed more than 600 people.
By Romina McGuinness PUBLISHED: 17:47, Tue, Mar 26, 2019 | UPDATED: 13:30, Wed, Mar 27, 2019
Ebola spreads among people through contact with bodily fluids. It causes haemorrhagic fever with severe vomiting, diarrhoea and bleeding – more than half of cases are fatal. The current outbreak is the second-deadliest ever recorded, behind the 2013-2016 crisis in West Africa that killed more than 11,000 people, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The total is now 1,009 new cases,” Congolese health officials said in a statement.
“But the response, led by the Health Ministry in collaboration with its partners, has limited the geographical spread.”
Out of the 1,009 cases, 944 are confirmed as Ebola and 65 are probable; while out of the 629 deaths 564 are confirmed as Ebola and 65 are probable.
Ebola is one of the most deadly known viruses, killing more than half of those infected by it.
Ebola is one of the most deadly known viruses, killing more than half of those infected by it (Image: Getty Images)
Five Ebola centres have been attacked since last month (Image: Getty Images)
The UN health body also reported that more than 96,000 people have been vac*cin*ated against in Congo (Image: Getty Images)
Thought to spread over long distances by bats, it causes haemorrhagic fever, severe vomiting, bleeding, and diarrhoea.
But health workers have been better prepared than ever for this latest epidemic, thanks to new technologies like a trial vacc*ine, experimental treatments and mobile units for treating patients that have helped prevent the spread of the virus into neighbouring countries.
So far, no Ebola cases have been reported outside of DR Congo’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces, the WHO said on Saturday.
The UN health body also reported that more than 96,000 people have been va*ccina*ted against Ebola in DR Congo, along with health workers in Uganda and South Sudan. Read more: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1105662/ebola-outbreak-dr-congo-who-un-health