UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The death toll from the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Friday has exceeded the threshold of 2,000 of the 3,000 casualties registered since August 2018, health authorities said.
“Since the beginning of the epidemic, the number of cases has accumulated 3,004, including 2,899 confirmed cases and 105 possible cases,” the National Multisectoral Response Committee said in its Thursday bulletin.
According to the same source, the recovery of “902 people” was announced.
The highly infectious Ebola epidemic kills between 25 and 90 percent of those infected, according to the World Health Organization. There is no cure and no vaccine, but some drugs are currently being tested. The disease is transmitted when a person touches blood, body fluids, secretions or organs of an infected person or objects contaminated with these fluids.
The outbreak was declared on August 1, 2018, the tenth wave in the DRC. In 13 months, the disease has spread to three provinces in the east (North Kivu, Ituri and South Kivu).
In Uganda, a nine-year-old girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) died and was diagnosed with the disease on Thursday, a health source said.
In June, three members of the same family died in Uganda after contracting Ebola in the DRC. But in late July, the World Health Organization declared Uganda free of Ebola, if no cases were recorded at the time.
It is the second largest outbreak of the epidemic since it killed 11,000 people in West Africa, in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, between 2013-2014.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will arrive in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday to support the campaign against Ebola. He is scheduled to visit Goma and then Beni, the main epicenter of the outbreak.
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