THE EBOLA epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has surpassed 1,000 cases, the Health Ministry has confirmed, adding the outbreak had already killed more than 600 people.
Ebola spreads among people through contact with bodily fluids. It causes haemorrhagic fever with severe vomiting, diarrhoea and bleeding – more than half of cases are fatal. The current outbreak is the second-deadliest ever recorded, behind the 2013-2016 crisis in West Africa that killed more than 11,000 people, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The total is now 1,009 new cases,” Congolese health officials said in a statement.
“But the response, led by the Health Ministry in collaboration with its partners, has limited the geographical spread.”
Out of the 1,009 cases, 944 are confirmed as Ebola and 65 are probable; while out of the 629 deaths 564 are confirmed as Ebola and 65 are probable.
Ebola is one of the most deadly known viruses, killing more than half of those infected by it.
h/t First Born Son