Tuesday , October 26 2021

Ebola virus kills more than 200 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo


The tenth outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has infected 326 people since August.

The milestone of 200 deaths has been breached in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the start of the tenth Ebola outbreak in August. "The cumulative number of cases is 326, of which 291 are confirmed and 35 are probable. A total of 201 deaths" and "98 cases are cured," the Congolese Ministry of Health report said Saturday.

Tenth epidemic

The previous day, the balance was "319 cases and 198 deaths" in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, surpassing that of the first recorded epidemic in the DRC in 1976 in Yambuku (318 cases and 224 deaths) in the province of Ecuador.

The tenth epidemic of Ebola erupted on 1 August in Mangina, northern Kivu province. The epicenter of the epidemic quickly moved to Beni, home to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in Uganda and many other armed groups operating in eastern DRC.

Attacks by armed groups

On Friday, the UN peacekeeping chief called on those armed groups not to hamper efforts to fight the Ebola virus in this part of the country at the end of a joint visit with the WHO Director-General.

A new outbreak of Ebola hits the DRC

In a special message on Friday, Congolese Health Minister Dr. Oly Ilunga said "no other epidemic in the world has been as complex as the one we are currently living" in the Beni region of North Kivu. ).

The teams responsible for carrying out the response activities "faced threats, physical assaults, repeated destruction of their equipment and kidnapping," he said. "Two of our colleagues from the Rapid Response Medical Unit even lost their lives in an attack."

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