Ebola outbreak struck northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) it's already the second largest in historywhen you reach 426 cases, according to the latest figures released by the Congo Ministry of Health.
Epidemic, announced on August 1 in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, also caused 245 deaths (198 laboratory confirmed and 47 probable), according to official figures, valid from 28 November.
Of the 426 cases 379 were confirmed in laboratory tests.while 47 are considered probable.
DRC outbreak surpassed what was recorded in Uganda between 2000 and 2001in which they were accounted for 425 cases and 224 deathsand this is only for the epidemic announced in 2014 in Guinea-Conakry, from where it spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia.
World Health Organization (WHO) He completed the epidemic in January 2016 after registering 11,300 deaths and more than 28,500 cases, although the UN agency recognized that these figures may be conservative.
“The Ebola outbreak in DRC has become the second largest story. A sad blow when too many families lost loved ones ", confirmed Deputy Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response for WHO, Peter Salamaon the last hour of Thursday in your Twitter account.
Salama assured that the UN agency and its partners “Will continue to support, shoulder to shoulder, the DRC Ministry of Health do everything possible to end the outbreak. "
Epidemic Ebola it was already the most serious story of the DRC in relation to the number of cases exceeding the record of 318 infections recorded in 1976 during the first outbreak of the virus in Yambuku, in the northwestern province of Ecuador.
It is also the first time that the Ebola epidemic is the epicenter in the conflict zone, where hundreds of armed groups operate, and thousands of people who may have been in contact with the daily journey of the virus, which also limits the safety and fieldwork of medical personnel.
Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with blood and contaminated body fluids and is more virulent than a more advanced process, until mortality rate of 90%.