The Democratic Republic of Congo's Ministry of Health says that the latest Ebola eruption has now become the worst in the country's recorded history with 319 confirmed and probable cases.
The department said late on Friday that the deadly virus has died about 198 people since the outbreak was declared on August 1st in the fugitive East. The dead include 163 confirmed Ebola cases, with 35 probable deaths.
This is DRC's 10th outbreak since 1976, when hemorrhagic fever was first identified in Yambuku.
Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga said the numbers now exceed this outbreak. He said that no other epidemic has been so complex.
Armed groups fighting the DRC's mineral-rich East have regularly committed attacks in the Ituri and North Kivu provinces of the DRC, which complicates the response of healthcare officers who also face community resistance.