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The Congo Ministry says that the ebola eruption is the worst in the nation's history


The latest Ebola eruptions of the Democratic Republic of Congo are the worst in the country's recorded history with 319 confirmed and probable cases, the Ministry of Health said.

The fatal virus has died around 198 people since the outbreak was declared on August 1st in the fugitive East, the Ministry said.

The dead include 163 confirmed Ebola cases, with 35 probable deaths. Almost 100 people have survived Ebola.

Ebola virus (CDC / PA)

This is Congo's 10th outbreak since 1976 when hemorrhagic fever was first identified in Yambuku, in the Equator province, the Ministry said.

Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga said the numbers now exceed this outbreak.

"No other epidemic in the world has been as complex as the one we are currently experiencing," said Kalenga.

"Since their arrival in the region, respondents have encountered threats, physical abuse, repeated destruction of their equipment and kidnapping. Two of our colleagues in the Rapid Response Medical Unit even lost their lives in an attack."

Armed groups fighting the DR Congo's mineral-rich East have regularly held attacks in Ituri and North Kivu provinces, which complicates the response of health officials who also face community resistance.

However, health workers have managed to vaccinate more than 27,000 high-risk contacts, of which half could have developed Ebola, said health care.

"This epidemic remains dangerous and unpredictable, and we must not let our guard down. We must continue to drive a very dynamic response that requires permanent adjustments and genuine ownership at Community level," he said.

The head of UN peacekeeping operations promised this week to do more with the DR Congo government to improve security in the country's east.

This is the first time an Ebola eruption has occurred in DR Congo far northeast.

The health department has said that teams responding to the Ebola eruption are on average attacked three or four times a week, a level of violence not seen in the country's nine previous outbreaks of the virus.

Ebola is spread through body fluids from infected persons, including the dead.– Press Association

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