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Fear As Ebola Death Toll in DR Congo Rises to 55

The current Ebola outbreak is the tenth to strike the DR Congo since 1976

The Ebola outbreak in eastern DR Congo has now claimed 55 lives since the start of the month, according to authorities.

The death toll comes as the country’s government announced free treatment against the disease for the next three months.

The health ministry’s latest bulletin said that the number of deaths had increased following five new victims in Mabalako-Mangina, close to Beni, the epicentre of the outbreak in the North Kivu province.

In all, “96 cases of haemorrhagic fever were reported in the region, 69 of which had been confirmed and 27 were seen as probable,” the ministry said.

At the same time, the medical team in charge of fighting the disease revised downwards the estimated number of “contacts” – people who may have had contact with the virus – from 2,157 to 1,609, following epidemiological tests.

Beni’s mayor Jean Edmond Nyonyi Masumbuko Bwanakawa announced that the government had decided to make treatment free in Beni, Mabalako-Mangina and Oicha for three months starting today.

The aim was to “remove the financial barrier that could dissuade the population from going to the health centre,” said Dr Bathe Ndjoloko Tambwe, in charge of coordinating the fight against the disease.

The average earnings of the 80 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo are estimated at $1.25 per day.

The current Ebola outbreak began on 1 August in Mangina in North Kivu.

It is the tenth outbreak to strike the DRC since 1976, when Ebola was first identified and named after a river in the north of the country.

Ebola has long been considered incurable, though swift isolation and the rapid treatment of symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea and dehydration has helped some patients to survive.

The quest for a vaccine grew increasingly urgent during an Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,300 people in the West African states of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2013-2015.

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