The outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reached a terrific position, with 27 new confirmed cases in one day — a record for the present outbreak. The outbreak is the second deadliest in history and is quite difficult to control due to the violent attacks and community mistrust on healthcare workers.
On April 19, 2019, WHO epidemiologist Dr Richard Mouzoko was murdered by armed men, while he was in Butembo, North Kivu.
According to the latest figures given by the Congo health ministry, the total number of cases that are confirmed till now are 1429, and 66 are in probability. In total, since the outbreak, 984 people have died so far, while 415 people have been treated. “The increase in the number of new [Ebola] cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo remains deeply concerning.” WHO said.
The World Health Organization stated that 27 new confirmed cases were reported on Sunday, the most in a single day since the outbreak began in August, 2018. Similarly, 126 new cases were confirmed in the week ending April 28, which was the highest for a week since Ebola first took hold of the country.