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Ebola virus kills more than 200 people in the DRC


The tenth ebola occurrence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has infected 326 people since August.

A 200-year milestone has passed to the Democratic Republic of Congo since the beginning of the tenth ebola episode in August. "The cumulative number of the cases is 326, of which 291 are confirmed and 35 are likely. There were 201 deaths in total," and "98 cases have been cured," the Congolese Health Ministry quoted Saturday.

Tenth epidemic

The previous day, there were "319 cases and 198 deaths" on the roads recorded in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, which was more than the ones from the first epidemic recorded in the DRC in 1976 in Iambuk (318 cases and 224 deaths) Ecuador.

The tenth Ebola epidemic broke out on August 1 in Mangin, North Kivu province. Epicenter epidemics quickly moved to Benni, the home of Ugandan allied democratic forces (ADF) and many other armed groups active in the eastern DRC.

Attacks on armed groups

On Friday, the head of the UN peacekeeping force called on these armed groups not to hinder efforts to fight the Ebola virus in this part of the country at the end of a joint visit with the WHO Director-General.

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In a special message on Friday, the Minister of Health of Congo dr. Ilija Ilija said that "no other epidemic in the world was complex with what we currently live" in the Beni area (North Kivu).

Teams responsible for carrying out response activities "faced threats, physical attacks, their destruction of equipment and their kidnapping," he said. "Two of our colleagues from the Emergency Response Unit have even lost their lives in the attack."

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