The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) estimated at 280 the number of probable deaths due to the Ebola outbreak in the northeast of the country, according to the latest data released by the agency, a number that is already equivalent to the deadliest outbreak in its history.
In a report issued with numbers in effect until December 7, the authorities indicate that the total number of cases is 489, of which 441 are confirmed in laboratory tests and 48 are probable.
This epidemic has already equaled the deadliest in the history of the DRC, which occurred in the northern municipality of Yambuku in late August 1976 and is considered to be the first recorded Ebola outbreak.
With a death rate of almost 90%, at that time 280 people died from the 318 cases that occurred due to the virus.
The current epidemic is also the second largest in the world in number of cases, surpassing that recorded in Uganda between 2000 and 2001, which was responsible for 425 cases and 224 deaths, and only behind the one declared in 2014 in Guinea Conakri, where it expanded for Sierra Leone and Liberia.
This outbreak was declared on 1 August in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri.