July 20, 2024
Number of Ebola cases in Democratic Republic of Congo outbreak tops the 2,000 mark as aid workers desperately try to contain the killer virus
Data from the African nation’s health ministry shows 1,346 people have been killed and 2,008 infected by the killer virus since the outbreak began last August
Data from the African nation’s health ministry shows 1,346 people have been killed and 2,008 infected by the killer virus since the outbreak began last August

An Ebola outbreak ravaging the Democratic Republic of Congo has infected more than 2,000 people, figures show.

Data from the African nation’s health ministry revealed there have been 2,008 cases of the killer virus and 1,346 deaths since the outbreak began last August. 

It comes after officials warned last week the epidemic shows signs that it is spiralling out of control.

Aid workers are struggling to contain the outbreak, considered to be the second worst in history, behind only the 2014 epidemic in West Africa. 

But the health ministry said there had been fewer attacks on medics by militiamen, meaning they may be able to ‘recover some lost time’.

‘In recent weeks, the trend has been positive, although vigilance is still necessary,’ it said. 

Armed militiamen believe Ebola is a conspiracy against them and have repeatedly attacked health workers battling the epidemic. 

There have been more than 120 attacks this year against aid workers, with eighty-five being wounded or killed, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 

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