Number Of Ebola Cases In DRC Outbreak Nears 1,500; WHO Calls Situation ‘One Of The Most Challenging Ever Confronted’

CIDRAP News: DRC Ebola cases near 1,500 after deadliest month
“The surge of Ebola cases continued [Wednesday], with the ministry of health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) recording 15 new cases and 14 deaths in an outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces. April was the deadliest month of the 9-month-long outbreak, which has been studded with acts of violence against response workers and discord between community members and health officials. … [Wednesday’s] cases raise the outbreak total to 1,495, of which 1,429 are confirmed and 66 are probable. There have been 984 deaths, and 306 suspected cases are still under investigation…” (Soucheray, 5/1).

CNN: Ebola outbreak in Congo hits record for confirmed cases in single day
“… ‘The increase in the number of new [Ebola] cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo remains deeply concerning,’ WHO said in its latest situation report. … WHO said that sporadic violence by armed militias, limited health care resources and difficult-to-access locations meant this ‘outbreak is taking place in one of the most challenging circumstances ever confronted by WHO’…” (Hunt, 5/1).

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