UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) – The Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) now has the second largest number of such cases in history after the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014-2016, spokesman Stephane Dujarric for the UN chief said on Wednesday.
The current epidemic has already claimed 461 lives from 689 confirmed and 54 probable cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.
Highly contagious haemorrhagic disease was first reported in the last outbreak in northern Kivu and spreading south into conflict areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which reduces the efforts of healthcare workers who are already confronted with capitalist mistrust in the region, Dujarric reported.
In the West African epidemic, the first case was recorded in Guinea in December 2013. Since then, the disease has originally spread to neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone, and finally to Italy, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Spain, Britain and the United States.
The epidemic ended in June 2016 with a total of 28,616 cases, including 11,310 WHO deaths. Enditem
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