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The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has become the second largest in history



The The Ebola outbreak hit the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) already second largest in History, when you reach 426 cases, according to the latest data published by the Congo Ministry of Health.

Epidemic, announced last August 1 in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, it has also caused 245 deaths (198 confirmed in the laboratory and 47 possibilities), according to official data as of November 28.

Of 426 cases, 379 was confirmed in laboratory testswhile 47 is considered possible.

Rupture of the DRC has surpassed those registered in Uganda between 2000 and 2001, where they are accounted for 425 cases and 224 deaths, and that is only behind the epidemic declared in 2014 in Guinea Conakri, from where it developed into Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The World Health Organization (WHO) This ended the epidemic in January 2016, after recording 11,300 deaths and more than 28,500 cases, although the UN agency acknowledged that these figures could be conservative.

"The Ebola outbreak in the DRC is now the second largest historically. A sad blow, with too many families losing loved ones ", confirms Deputy Director General for WHO Emergency Preparedness and Response, Peter Salama, on the last hour Thursday in his account on Twitter's social network.

Salama assured that the UN agency and its partners "will continue to support, shoulder to shoulder, the Ministry of Health of the DRC to do anything to end the plague. "

This Ebola epidemic it's already the most serious of all the history of the DRC in relation to the number of cases, has surpassed the record 318 infections registered in 1976 during the first outbreak of the virus in Yambuku, in the northwestern province of Ecuador.

This is also the first time that the Ebola epidemic has its epicenter as a conflict zone, where one hundred armed groups operate and thousands of people who may have been in contact with daily travel viruses, which also limit the safety and field work of health workers.

The Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with contaminated blood and body fluids and more malignant processes that are more advanced, reaching 90 percent death rate.


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