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No new Ebola cases reported in DR Congo's province: WHO

Total of 128 cases, 53 deaths, 69 recoveries recorded in ongoing Ebola outbreak, says WHO Africa

Rodrigue Forku   | 20.10.2020
No new Ebola cases reported in DR Congo's province: WHO

YAOUNDE, Cameroon 

No new cases of Ebola virus have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s Equateur province over the past 20 days, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

“However, while there are still confirmed cases at large in the community and difficulties with safe and dignified burials, transmission risks remain,” the WHO Africa said in a weekly bulletin.

The 11th Ebola outbreak in Equateur started in early June, and has since spread to 12 of its 17 health zones.

A total of 128 cases -- 119 confirmed and nine probable -- 53 deaths and 69 recoveries have been recorded in the ongoing outbreak, according to the WHO Africa.

Ebola, a tropical fever that first appeared in 1976 in Sudan and the DRC, is transmitted to humans from wild animals.

The disease caused global alarm in 2014, when the world’s worst outbreak began in West Africa, killing more than 11,300, and infecting an estimated 28,600 as it swept through Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

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