Congo's Ebola outbreak now second largest in history

Congo's Ebola outbreak now second largest in history

Congo's Ebola outbreak now second largest in history

The epidemic in a volatile part of Democratic Republic of Congo is now only surpassed by the 2013-2016 outbreak in West Africa, where more than 28,000 cases where confirmed, and is bigger than an outbreak in 2000 in Uganda involving 425 cases.

Ebola has killed 240 people and infected more than 400 since July in an outbreak that shows little sign of abating.

And, the U.S. State Department issued a "do not travel" alert because of armed group activity and major outbreaks of violence targeting civilians.

By comparing how well these work, scientists will be moving towards curing the disease and slashing the death tolls in future outbreaks.

"We haven't seen the height of this outbreak", she warned as Ebola continues to move into new areas in DRC, worrying close to a heavily traveled border with Uganda.

So far this outbreak, declared on August 1, has 198 confirmed deaths, DR Congo's health ministry said.

Attacks by rebel groups and open hostility by some wary locals have posed serious challenges that Ebola workers say they have never faced before.

A WHO official talks to local women in DR Congo as part of the effort to fight Ebola
A WHO official talks to local women in DR Congo as part of the effort to fight Ebola

Violence is common in the central African country and has made it hard to stop the Ebola outbreak - earlier in the same week eight United Nations peacekeepers and 12 local soldiers died in an ambush.

The Ebola cases surfaced in Democratic Republic of the Congo's war-torn eastern provinces, North Kivu and Ituri, where rebels are waging a bloody guerrilla campaign against government forces.

Previously, the ReEBOV Antigen Rapid Test Kit was eligible for procurement to Ebola-affected countries, under the WHO Emergency Assessment. "We will not rest until this outbreak is finished". These young people include those who broke into a morgue last week stealing the body of a person who died of Ebola and bringing it back to the family.

The security situation in the region has at times limited the response efforts. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said children who went to health centres for malaria are believed to have contracted ebola there too, and about half of the people screened in ebola centres only had malaria.

Those who are known to have come into contact with others who had the disease have been targeted by the vaccination programme.

'No other epidemic in the world has been as complex as the one we are now experiencing, ' said Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga, the DRC's health minister. "Is there potential for requiring worldwide response?"

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