In the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the number of Ebola deaths has increased to over 200. From August, 291 ebola cases were confirmed and 201 deaths reported – informed the Ministry of Health in Kinshasa. About half of the cases were registered in the 800,000-seat city of Beni in the restless North Kivu province on the border with Uganda.
Recently, the UN has called on armed groups in the region not to hinder the fight against a highly contagious viral disease. According to health minister Oly Ilung, threats, attacks and kidnappings are repeated, in which two helpers were killed.
In 2013, 11,300 deaths occurred in West Africa
In Beni in October, the body of Ebola was abducted. For many relatives, the strict requirements of the Ebola funeral often pose additional pain because they run counter to local traditions.
This is the tenth wave of an epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since the disease was discovered in 1976. By the end of 2013, the destructive epidemic of Ebola affected several countries in West Africa. In the following months, about 11,300 people were killed in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Ebola is often a deadly viral disease. The transmission takes place through direct contact with body fluids of an infected person.