The Democratic Republic of the Congo's Ministry of Health says the latest epidemic of the Ebola epidemic has now become worst in the country's recorded history, with 319 confirmed and probable cases.
The ministry announced on Friday that the deadly virus had killed about 198 people since the outbreak was announced on August 1 in the volatile East. The dead include 163 confirmed Ebola cases, 35 likely deaths.
This is the tenth outbreak of the DRC since 1976, when hemorrhagic fever was first detected in Yambuk.
Minister of Health Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga said that numbers now exceed this focus. He said no other epidemic was so complicated.
Armed groups seeking to control the rich wealth of East DRC wealth organize regular attacks on the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, complicating the response of health care professionals who are also facing the resistance of society.