Saturday, 18 August 2018

44 Confirmed Dead As Ebola Cases In DR Congo increases

It has been reported that no fewer than 78 Ebola cases were recorded during an epidemic in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

DRC officials and the World Health Organization revealed Friday that the epidemic had killed 44 people,

According to a report by Agence France Presse, AFP, the latest outbreak of the viral disease, highly contagious and often fatal if left untreated, prompted a visit from the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ministry of Health. said in a statement.

"In total, 78 cases of haemorrhagic fever have been reported in the region, of which 51 are confirmed and 27 are probable," while "24 suspected cases are under investigation," according to information from the Congolese authorities and WHO.

Confirmed cases are verified by laboratory tests on samples taken from patients. The cases treated as "probable" often concern sick people who have a close epidemiological link with confirmed cases, but who have not been tested.

The Congolese authorities have reported "two deaths of confirmed cases in Beni", a commercial city with nearly 250,000 inhabitants in the province of North Kivu.

There were also "five new confirmed cases in Mabalako, including a health worker from the health reference center in Mangina", the epicenter of the epidemic in the Beni region.

"We expect to see more cases," WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva.

The outbreak is the tenth to hit the DRC since 1976, when Ebola was first identified and named after a river in the north of the country.

It has affected part of the country that has been in the grip of violence for more than 20 years, from total war to insurgency and persistent ethnic clashes.

According to the Ministry of Health, 41 deaths have been reported in North Kivu and three in the neighboring Ituri region in the north of the country.

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