KINSHASA – The fatal epidemic of Ebola, which devastated Eastern DR Congo for nearly four months, has claimed another 19 lives in just five days, the Health Ministry says.
The outbreak, which began on August 1, has now killed 241 people, the minister said in a statement late Tuesday.
"There were 241 deaths," the ministry said in a report correctly on November 26, indicating that there were a total of 421 cases – 374 of them were confirmed and another 47 were likely.
A further 74 suspected cases are being investigated.
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The outbreak of the epidemic is the tenth in the Congo, because Ebola was first unveiled in 1976.
The crisis centers around the island's eastern town of Beni in northern Kivu, a region struggling with an armed conflict that hampers efforts to suppress outbreaks.
Ebola is a serious infectious disease that can spread rapidly with a small amount of body fluid, causing internal bleeding and potentially death.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is in a profound campaign ahead of the December 23 election to elect a successor to President Josefa Kabila, who has been ruling a huge central African country since 2001.
Since defeating independence from Belgium in 1960, this poor nation has never known the peaceful passage of power.