Ebola outbreak in the DRC has claimed over 1000 lives

The toll is the second deadliest in the history of Ebola
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Medical staff members of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) put on their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as they get ready to work during a weekly rehearsal at Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda, on December 12, 2018. – The second largest Ebola outbreak in Africa has strated in Democratic Republic of Congo causing 298 deaths since August 2018, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). (Photo by Isaac Kasamani / AFP)

The number of cases in a nearly eight-month-old epidemic of Ebola in eastern DR Congo now exceeds 1,000, almost two-thirds of whom have died, the health ministry said late Sunday.

“The accumulated number of cases is 1,009,” of which 629 cases were fatal, it said.

The outbreak was first recorded in North Kivu province on August 1, and then spread to neighbouring Ituri province.

Its toll is the second deadliest in the history of Ebola, after an epidemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2014-6 that claimed 11,308 lives, according to the website of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Ebola virus disease was allegedly first discovered in 1974 in a village near the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ebola River, which gave the disease its name.

Efforts to contain the latest outbreak, the 10th in the DRC’s history, have been hampered by poor security in the east, and area known for teeming with militia groups.

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