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Ebola outbreak in DR Congo is now the second largest in history


he Ebola outbreak punishing the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) it is already the second largest in history, Upon arrival at 426 cases, According to the latest data published by the Congolese Ministry of Health.

The epidemic, Declared August 1 In the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, it has also caused 245 dead (198 confirmed in laboratory and 47 likely), According to official data valid as of November 28.

Of the 426 cases, 379 have been confirmed in laboratory tests, While 47 are considered likely.

The outbreak of the DRC It has surpassed what was registered in Uganda between 2000 and 2001, In which they were counted 425 cases and 224 deathsAnd it is only behind the epidemic declared in Guinea Conakri in 2014, from where it expanded in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

the World Health Organization (WHO) ended the epidemic in January 2016, after registering – 11,300 deaths and more than 28,500 cases, even though the UN agency admitted that these figures may be conservative.

"Ebola outbreak in DRC is now the second largest in history. A sad coup, with too many families losing loved ones ", He affirmed Deputy Director General for the Preparation and Response of WHO Emergencies, Peter SalamaAt the end of Thursday on your Twitter social network account.

Salama said the UN agency and its partners "They will continue supporting, shoulder-to-shoulder, in the Ministry of Health of the DRC to do what is necessary to end the outbreak. "

This ebola epidemic It was already the worst of all the History of the DRC in relation to the number of cases, having passed the record of 318 contagions registered in 1976 During the first outbreak of the virus in Yambuku, in the northwestern province of Ecuador.

It is also the first time that a Ebola epidemic has an epicenter in an area in conflict, where a hundred armed groups operate and thousands of people who could have been in contact with the virus daily are displaced, which This also limits the security and work in the field of healthcare personnel.

Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with blood and contaminated body fluids and is more virulent, the more advanced the process is, until it reaches a mortality rate of 90 percent.

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