DRC Ebola outbreak continues to spread
July 9, 2019 -- The Democratic Republic of the Congo is in the grip of its worst ever Ebola outbreak, with efforts to control the virus hampered by violence from insurgent groups, including attacks on treatment centres.
The outbreak, which began in August 2018, has mainly affected the North Kivu and Ituri provinces in eastern DRC – an area wracked by conflict involving various armed groups.
It is the second deadliest Ebola epidemic in history, behind only the 2014 West Africa outbreak.
As of July 7, there have been over 2,400 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola, of which more than 1,600 people have died, according to WHO figures.