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Ebola death toll in DR Congo passes 500: health ministry

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor February 10, 2019 13:02

Ebola death toll in DR Congo passes 500: health ministry

More than 500 people have died from the latest Ebola outbreak in DR Congo, but a vaccination programme has prevented thousands more deaths. But Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga said that, for the first time, a vaccination programme had protected 76,425 people and prevented “thousands” of deaths.

The outbreak started last August in the North Kivu region, which borders Uganda and Rwanda.The Spanish wing of the aid agency Doctors Without Borders (MSF) reported on Twitter on Saturday that there had been a surge in cases since January 15.Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan in the north were all now on alert.

Ebola is a serious infectious disease that can spread rapidly through small amounts of bodily fluid, causing internal bleeding and potentially death.The latest outbreak is the tenth in DR Congo since Ebola was first detected there in 1976. The deadly outbreak is the second largest in history, behind the devastating West Africa outbreak that killed thousands a few years ago.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor February 10, 2019 13:02