More than 500 people have died in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo due to Ebola virus infection. Since the beginning of August last year, the last epidemic of Ebola in the African country began to spread, 806 cases of disease or suspected disease were recorded, the Ministry of Health in Kinshasa reported on the website.
This is the second largest Ebola eruption in history. More than 11,000 people have died in the epidemic that plagued West Africa in 2014 and 2015.
Since the outbreak of this epidemic, more than 77,000 people have been vaccinated against the Ebola virus, according to the Ministry of Health. The successful suppression of the epidemic is hampered mainly by the fact that dozens of rebel groups are active in the densely populated area affected, according to the German news agency DPA.
At the end of July, authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo reported that they successfully eradicated another Ebola outbreak in the west of the country. In this case, 54 cases of suspected disease were recorded and 33 people died. This epidemic has already been the tenth outbreak of Ebola in the country, says the dpa.
The Ebola virus is one of the most dangerous pathogens in the world. The haemorrhagic fever it causes is highly contagious and has a high mortality rate of up to 60%. It is transmitted by contact with blood or body fluids of the infected.