In the DRC, the Ebola epidemic has caused 271 deaths since August

A center for the treatment of Ebola supported by Médecins Sans Frontières on 3 November 2018 in Butembo, in the Democratic Republic of Eastern Congo.
A center for the treatment of Ebola supported by Médecins Sans Frontières on 3 November 2018 in Butembo, in the Democratic Republic of Eastern Congo. JOHN WESSELS / AFP

The Ebola epidemic, which has been raging in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since August and left 271 dead, "It will last a few more months"On Thursday, December 6, the Congolese health minister said. Declared 1st August, the tenth epidemic of Ebola rages in the tormented provinces of North Kivu (east) and Ituri (north-east). "Every time a case is reported, for example today, you have to tell yourself that the epidemic will last 60 days"said the health minister.

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From the beginning of the epidemic, "The cumulative number of cases is 458, of which 410 confirmed and 48 probable. In total, there were 271 deaths (223 confirmed and 48 probable) and 146 people recovered", detailed the Dr Oly Ilunga. Moreover, "94 suspected cases are under investigation", while the disease has affected fourteen health areas, including three in Ituri and eleven in North Kivu, said the health minister.

"Breaking the chain of transmission of the disease"

For him, "Every effort is made to continue to break the chain of transmission of the disease and limit its spread". Till now, "We managed to contain the epidemic in northern North Kivu and in relation to neighboring countries, but the risk is still there and we continue to face it"has faded.

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The epidemic in the Beni region, about 50 kilometers from Uganda, is "The most complex in the history of the world Without the long experience of our Congolese experts, without the availability of therapeutic drugs, we would probably be in the trajectory of the West African epidemic". in 2014 they killed 11,000 people, according to minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga.

The tenth epidemic of Ebola on Congolese soil after the appearance of the virus in 1976 is reported in urban centers with high density and population mobility. It is at the same time an area of ​​great insecurity, due to the presence of dozens of armed groups.

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