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Epidemic Ebole in DR Congo is already the second largest in history

The eruption of Ebola was hit by the northeastern area of ​​the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) it is already the second largest in historywhen you get to 426 cases, according to the latest information released by the Congolese Ministry of Health.

Epidemic, was proclaimed on August 1st last year in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, also caused 245 deaths (198 confirmed in the lab and 47 probably), according to official data in force 28. November

Out of 426 cases, 379 were confirmed in laboratory testswhile 47 are considered probable.

Eliminating DRCs surpassed the one registered in Uganda between 2000 and 2001, in which they were calculated 425 cases and 224 deaths, and this is just after the 2014 epidemic in Guinea Conakri, from where it spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

World Health Organization (WHO) It ended the epidemic in January 2016, after 11,300 deaths and more than 28,500 cases were registered, although the UN agency admitted that these figures could be conservative.

"The Ebola outbreak in DRC is now the second largest in history. A sad blow, with too many families losing loved ones "he confirmed Deputy Director of WHO Emergency Response and Response, Peter Salama, at the last hour of Thursday in her social network Twitter account.

Salama convinced the UN agency and its partners "will continue to support, side by side, the Ministry of Health of DRC do whatever it takes to end the outbreak. "

This epidemic of Ebola it was already the most serious of all DRC history in relation to the number of cases, which exceeded the record of 318 infections registered in 1976 during the first outbreak of the virus at Yambuku, in the northwestern province of Ecuador.

It is also the first time that the epidemic of Ebola has as an epicenter a conflict zone, where hundreds of armed groups and thousands of people who can be in contact with the virus travel daily, which also limits the safety and fieldwork of healthcare staff.

Ebola virus is transmitted by direct contact with blood and contaminated body fluids, and virulent is a more advanced process, until reaching a mortality rate of 90 percent.

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