Ebola outbreak rages on in Congo, with 608 infections and 368 fatalities confirmed – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views
January 15, 2019

Ebola outbreak rages on in Congo, with 608 infections and 368 fatalities confirmed

The latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Congo shows no sign of abating, as 608 people have been infected, with 368 fatalities confirmed.

The current outbreak, which began on August 1 last year, is the second-deadliest and second-largest in history. The 2014 outbreak, which killed over 11,000 people, remains the deadliest so far.

The areas most affected are located around the province of North Kivu, which includes a number of major population centers. Care and relief efforts are hampered by sporadic conflict flaring up between local warring factions. as up to 1m refugees are thought to be passing through North Kivu, greatly increasing the risk of further infection.

Ebola kills about half of the people infected, though mortality rates vary. The current outbreak has a mortality rate of around 60%.

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