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The outbreak of the Congo epidemic is already the second largest in history

The Ebola broke out in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) it is already the second largest in historywhen you reach 426 cases, according to the latest data released by the Congolese Ministry of Health.

Epidemic, declared in August 1 in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri 245 deaths (198 confirmed in the laboratory and 47 probable) according to official data valid since November 28.

Of the 426 cases, 379 were confirmed in laboratory testswhile 47 are considered to be probable.

DRC outbreak exceeded the registration registered in Uganda in 2000-2001, in which they were billed 425 cases and 224 deaths, and this is only the epidemic declared in 2014 in Guinea Conakri, from where it spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The World Health Organization (WHO) In January 2016, the epidemic was terminated after 11,300 deaths and more than 28,500 cases were registered, although the UN agency acknowledged that the data could be conservative.

"Ebola epidemic in the DRC is now the second largest historically. A sad blow with too many families losing their loved ones ", she confirmed Deputy Director-General for Special Preparedness and Response WHO Peter Salama, the last hour on Thursday in your Twitter social network account.

Salama assured the UN agency and its partners "will continue to support the DRC Ministry of Health from shoulder to shoulder do everything you need to stop the outbreak. "

This Ebola epidemic it was the most serious of all the history of the DRC in relation to the number of cases, after a record of 318 infections recorded in 1976 was exceeded during the first outbreak of the virus in Yambuk, northwest Ecuador.

This is also the first time that the Ebola epidemic has as its epicenter a conflict zone where there are hundreds of armed groups and thousands of people who have been in contact with the virus every day, which also limits workplace safety at the workplace.

Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with blood and contaminated body fluids and is much more virulent, the more advanced the process than to reach mortality 90 percent.

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