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UN declares huge outbreak of Ebola fever in DR Congo

This is the tenth outbreak, the largest one in this country
17:42, 31 January 2019

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The outbreak of Ebola fever is observed in the Democratic Republic of Congo. UN News Centre reported that, specifying that kids make one-third of the total number of the infected. 

'The current epidemic already has claimed 461 lives out of the 689 confirmed and 54 probable cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. The highly contagious hemorrhagic disease was first reported in the latest outbreak in North Kivu and has been spreading southward into DRC conflict areas, confounding efforts of health workers already facing pockets of mistrust in the region', China Daily Hong Kong reported.

According to the UN, this current outbreak is also the second largest outbreak of this particular disease in history - since the case observed in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in 2014-2016.  

Over 740 people got infected over the past six months during this current outbreak.

"While we have been able to largely control the disease in Mangina, Beni and Komanda, the virus continues to spread in the Butembo area, largely because of insecurity and population movement," added Dr. Gianfranco Rotigliano, UNICEF Representative in the DRC. "We are scaling up our response and deploying additional staff in the health zones of Butembo and Katwa, where 65 per cent of the new Ebola cases in the last three weeks have occurred", UN News Centre reported.

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