Ebola: outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo is second largest in history


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is now the second largest outbreak of the disease in history, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 

WHO Deputy Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response, Peter Salama confirmed the news in a tweet, describing it as a “sad toll” with “too many families losing loved ones”. Salama pledged that the WHO and partners will continue to stand with the Ministry of Health in the DRC to “do whatever it takes” to bring the outbreak to an end. 

The 2014 West African Ebola outbreak is the largest Ebola outbreak to date with 28,610 cases and 11,308 deaths reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone before the outbreak was declared over in June 2016. 

Data up to 29 November shows 428 cases have been reported in the latest DRC outbreak including 380 confirmed cases and 48 probable cases. A total of 248 deaths have been reported. 

The WHO warned in its latest update on the outbreak that the risk of the outbreak spreading to other provinces in the DRC, as well as to neighbouring countries, remains very high. However, it is advising against any restriction on travel and trade to the country.