Death toll from Ebola climbs to 564 in DR Congo


Since the Ebola outbreak was declared in the DRC in August, the number of confirmed and probable cases has reached 993, killing 621.

"IRC's team in North Kivu are redoubling their efforts to understand the concerns of people living in the impacted communities and to work with them to quash this outbreak".

Five Ebola centers have been attacked since last month, sometimes by armed assailants.

The outbreak is the second largest of all time, surpassed only by the 2014 West African outbreak, which involved more than 28,000 cases and 11,000 deaths.

And medical charities have suspended aid amid fears of further violence in the epicentre of the outbreak.

"The ministry of health and partners including the IRC are working around the clock to curtail the outbreak as quickly as possible to reduce the loss of life and further damage to the community".

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This expanded Travel Alert, Practice Enhanced Precautions, published on March 6, 2019, says 'travelers to the DRC could be infected with Ebola if they come into contact with an infected person's blood or other body fluids.

Violence and instability is fuelling the spread however amid distrust of medical authorities. We're unable to get a handle on the spread of the disease, and every day more people are at risk. "It's because it's about witchcraft".

Africa News reports that DR Congo has been in face of storm following escalating security crisis and fresh cases of the deadly disease, a tragic reminder that the outbreak is not yet under control in the Central Africa state.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) to suspend its activities at the epicentre of the outbreak last month.

It leads to people suffering fever and fatigue, before being struck with vomiting, diarrhoea and oozing blood.

Michael Ryan, the World Health Organization's assistant director general for emergencies, told The Hill that "a$3 lot of patients are arriving quite sick".