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Congo says Ebola outbreak worst in nation's history


Health ministry says there are 319 confirmed and probable cases
The Associated Press ·

Posted: Nov 10, 2018 8:34 AM ET | Last Updated: an hour ago

Congo's latest Ebola outbreak is the worst in the country's recorded history with 319 confirmed and probable cases, the health ministry said.

The deadly virus has killed about 198 people since the outbreak was declared Aug. 1 in the volatile east, the ministry said. Those dead include 163 confirmed Ebola cases, with 35 probable deaths. Nearly 100 people have survived Ebola.

This is Congo's tenth outbreak since 1976, when the hemorrhagic fever was first identified in Yambuku, in the Equateur province, the ministry said.

    WHO takes closer look at Congo's Ebola outbreak

Health Minister Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga said late Friday that the figures now exceed that outbreak.

"No other epidemic in the world has been as complex as the one we are currently experiencing," Kalenga said. "Since their arrival in the region, the response teams have faced threats, physical assaults, repeated destruction of their equipment and kidnapping. Two of our colleagues in the Rapid Response Medical Unit even lost their lives in an attack."
Violence complicates response

Armed groups vying for control of Congo's mineral-rich east have staged regular attacks in Congo's Ituri and North Kivu provinces, complicating the response by health officials who are also meeting community resistance.

This epidemic remains dangerous and unpredictable, and we must not let our guard down.

    - Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga, Congo's health minister

Health officials, however, have managed to vaccinate more than 27,000 high-risk contacts, of which at least half could have developed Ebola, the health minister said.

"This epidemic remains dangerous and unpredictable, and we must not let our guard down. We must continue to pursue a very dynamic response that requires permanent readjustments and real ownership at the community level," he said.

The head of UN peacekeeping operations vowed this week to do more with Congo's government to help improve security in the country's east.

This is the first time an Ebola outbreak has occurred in Congo's far northeast. The health ministry has said teams responding to the Ebola outbreak are attacked three or four times a week on average, a level of violence unseen in the country's nine previous outbreaks of the virus.

Ebola is spread via the body fluids of infected people, including the dead.

    Uganda at 'big risk' for Ebola spreading from neighbouring Congo, officials say

Source:   https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/congo-ebola-worst-in-nations-history-1.4900641
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[Technophobe: Things are definitely going from bad to worse. The medical people treating the sick and the researchers looking for vaccines and cures are getting quite good at this disease, but the local situation is so difficult that things are still deteriorating.]

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The Risk That Ebola Will Spread to Uganda Is Now ‘Very High’

Source and full article:   https://www.wired.com/story/the-risk-that-ebola-will-spread-to-uganda-is-now-very-high/

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Ebola outbreak worst in history of Democratic Republic of Congo

Source and full article:   https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/12/health/ebola-congo-intl/index.html
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