Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
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DR Congo ministry says Ebola outbreak worst in nation's history

DR Congo ministry says Ebola outbreak worst in nation's history

"The United States is anxious about the outbreak of Ebola in conflict-hit eastern Congo where there are 312 confirmed and probable cases and 191 deaths, a USAID official said on Thursday".

In its latest update, the health ministry said 291 cases had been confirmed and 201 deaths had been recorded.

The current outbreak of Ebola, which began in July, is the 10th to hit the country since 1976.

Teams responsible for responding to the outbreak "have faced threats, physical assaults, repeated destruction of their equipment and kidnapping", Health Minister Oly Ilunga said on Friday.

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"They will also be equipped with skills in principles of managing Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers (VHF) including management of suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola patients, and provision of psychological support and infection prevention and control", it added.

"Two of our colleagues in the Rapid Response Medical Unit have even lost their lives in an attack", he said.


"This epidemic remains unsafe and unpredictable, and we must not let our guard down".

According to a statement released by the WHO Monday, when Uganda had its first Ebola outbreak in 2000, the armed forces have always been part and parcel of the country's response strategy and activities.

"We must continue to pursue a very dynamic response that requires permanent readjustments and real ownership at the community level".

The World Health Organization's committee has said that the outbreak did not yet constitute a public health emergency of worldwide concern.

"And one is catching up on the backload".

The confirmation of new cases has accelerated in the last month and an emergency committee of World Health Organization experts said in October that the outbreak was likely to worsen significantly unless the response was stepped up.

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