Ebola outbreak Congo: RECORD number of new cases as diseases SPREADS – 222 dead

Friday, November 23, 2018
By Paul Martin

THE ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) keeps concerning health authorities worldwide as the country’s health ministry confirmed 20 more people have been infected by the hemorrhagic fever in the last 48 hours.

Fri, Nov 23, 2018

The worst ebola crisis ever faced by the central African country keeps spreading across its northeastern region. The daily bulletins released by the DRC’s health ministry in the past two days confirmed on Thursday seven new cases of hemorrhagic fever and 13 more the day before. The country’s health ministry highlighted the severeness of the outbreak.

Commenting Wednesday’s bulletin, considered one of the highest daily counts since the outbreak was first detected in August, health ministry spokeswoman Jessica Ilunga said: “It’s pretty exceptional.”

Ebola’s new outbreak in Congo has so far affected 393 people.

According to the latest report released by the DRC’s health ministry, dated November 22, 346 people have so far been confirmed as infected by ebola.

47 more are being investigated as “suspected”.

A total number of 222 people were killed by the virus, while 117 recovered.

The epidemic has hit heavily the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, bordering Uganda and Rwanda, which sparked fears the outbreak could spread to other countries.

This led the World Health Organization (WHO) to vaccinate health care workers in high-risk districts bordering the DRC.

The organisation explained: “In vaccinating frontline health workers against ebola, even before Uganda detects a single case, health authorities are being cautious having learned bitter lessons from previous outbreaks.”

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