The Democratic Republic of the Congo is going through its worst ever Ebola epidemic and there appears to be no end in sight. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 72 people contracted the disease last week — more than double the number of the previous weeks’ averages. Since the widespread outbreak of the epidemic in August 2018, more than 1,000 people have contracted Ebola, the Congo Health Ministry reports.
The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared DR Congo’s Ebola outbreak an international health emergency, sounding a rarely used global alarm after the virus threatened to spread to a major city and into neighbouring countries.
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The health agency also says the disease has spread into neighbouring Rwanda citing the infection of a pastor who rode from Butembo to Goma, and it’s identified 60 people who were on his bus tha have since been quarantined and vaccinated.
West African Ebola virus epidemic
February 2014 – The Western African Ebola virus epidemic was the most widespread outbreak of Ebola virus disease in history—causing major loss of life and socioeconomic disruption in the region, mainly in the countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.