The number of people killed in an Ebola outbreak in eastern DR Congo has risen to four hundred and forty-three, health authorities have announced, as new President Felix Tshisekedi began his first full day in office today.
The rising death toll, up by more than 40 in the past ten days, emphasizes the challenge of controlling the epidemic in the strife-torn east and is just one of a host of complex issues facing Tshisekedi.
In a bulletin, the health ministry outlined the growth of the Ebola outbreak. It said since the start of the epidemic, the total number of cases is 715, including 666 confirmed and 49 probable.
The ministry said 248 people have recovered from the Ebola virus, while “236 suspect cases” were under investigation. DR Congo, has seen 10 outbreaks of the highly contagious haemorrhagic disease since it was first identified in 1976 near the Ebola river in the northwest of the country.