Ebola grips DR Congo; over 1,500 dead

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Kinsasha: As deadly Ebola continues to grip the African nations, more than 1,500 people have died in a nearly 10-month-old outbreak of the disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country’s health ministry said on Monday.

The African country which was in limelight in 2015 due to the outbreak of the disease once again has witnessed a surge in patients of Ebola.

As of Sunday, 1,506 people have died out of 2,239 recorded cases, the ministry said in a statement.

The current outbreak in the DR Congo is the worst on record after an epidemic that struck mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone between 2014-2016, killing more than 11,300 people.

While the global health bodies have been trying to support the country’s health department to tackle the menace, chronic violence and militia activity in several of its region, as well as hostility to medical teams among local people, have hampered the response.

The United Nations in May nominated an emergency coordinator to deal with the crisis. 

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) said this month the outbreak currently did not represent a global threat.

Ebola spreads among humans through close contact with the blood, body fluids, secretions or organs of an infected person, or objects contaminated by such fluids.

 

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