UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Over 1.9 thousand people have died since July last year due to the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the representative office of the World Health Organization in the DRC.
Earlier, with reference to the Congolese Ministry of Health, it was reported that more than 2.5 thousand cases of infection with the virus were recorded, 1676 people died and 700 recovered.
“As of August 14, with data provided before August 13, 2019. Aggregate total: 2842 cases (infections), of which 2748 were confirmed and 94 were possible, including 1905 dead and 844 survivors,” the organization said on Twitter.
Ebola virus disease is an acute viral infection that affects humans and certain animal species.
The Ebola epidemic erupted in West Africa in 2015 and mainly affected three countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. According to WHO, during the last major epidemic, Ebola infected 28.6 thousand people, more than 11.3 thousand died.
The current Ebola outbreak in the DRC began in late July 2018. In July 2019, WHO qualified the Ebola virus outbreak in DR Congo as an international emergency.
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