The Democratic Republic of Congo Health Ministry says the latest epidemic of Ebola has become the worst in history in the country with 319 confirmed and likely cases.
The ministry reported on Friday that the deadly virus has killed about 198 people since the outbreak was declared August 1 on the unstable east. These dead include 163 confirmed cases of Ebola, with 35 possible deaths.
This is the 10th DRC epidemic since 1976, when hemorrhagic fever was first identified in Yambuku.
Health Minister Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga said figures are now outbreaking this outbreak. He said no other epidemic was so complex.
Armed groups struggling to control the DRC's mineral rich eastern states have been staging regular attacks in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu, complicating the responses of health officials who also face community resistance.