KINSHASA, Congo – The Congo Ministry of Health states that the most recent Ebola epidemic has become the worst in the country's recorded history with 319 confirmed and probable cases.
The ministry said last Friday that the deadly virus killed about 198 people since the epidemic was declared on August 1 in the unstable extremity. These deaths include 163 confirmed Ebola cases, with 35 probable deaths.
This is the 10th outbreak of the Congo since 1976, when hemorrhagic fever was identified for the first time in Yambuku.
The minister of health, the dott. Oly Ilunga Kalenga, said the figures exceed that epidemic. He said no other epidemic was so complex.
Armed groups vying for the control of the mineral-rich East of the Congo have organized regular attacks in the provinces of Congo Ituri and North Kivu, complicating the response of health officials who are also meeting the resistance of the community.
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