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DR Congo: Ebola Virus Killed 271 People; Minister of Health Announces

The highly contagious Ebola outbreak left 271 people dead in the DRC. The tenth epidemic on Congolese soil since the appearance of the virus in 1976 is rife in the troubled provinces of North Kivu and Ituri.

Declared in the country since 1 st August 2018, the Minister of Health announced that the disease will last a few months.

 

“This epidemic will certainly last a few more months,” Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga told a press conference in Kinshasa.

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Whenever there is a case reported today for example, you have to tell yourself that the outbreak will still last 60 days, “he explained.

The balance sheet is a bit heavy since the announcement of the disease to date, 418 cases have been confirmed and 48 others are suspected of contracting the virus.

“The cumulative number of cases is 458, of which 410 confirmed and 48 probable. In total, there were 271 deaths (223 confirmed and 48 probable) and 146 people healed, “said Dr. Oly Ilunga.

In addition, “94 suspected cases are under investigation”, while the disease affected 14 health zones including three in Ituri and 11 in North Kivu. Every effort is being made to continue to break the chain of transmission of the disease and limit its spread, “said the Minister of Health.

Ebola is a filovirus virus (filovirus) that causes severe fever. Appeared for the first time in 1976, there is no cure for it, just a vaccine to prevent the disease.

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