More than three thousand cases of contamination with Ebola virus disease have been recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the epidemic of hemorrhagic fever has already killed more than two thousand people since August 2018, health officials said on Sunday.
Since the start of the epidemic, the cumulative number of cases is 3,373, with a total of 2,231 deaths, according to the last count of the Multisectoral Committee for the response to the epidemic (CMRE) dated Saturday.
The DRC is fighting an epidemic of Ebola virus disease declared on August 1, 2018. The troubled provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, in the east, are the most affected.
Health officials also say that « 341 suspected cases are under investigation. »
Disease control efforts are regularly disrupted due to insecurity caused by the presence of numerous militias in the affected areas. Members of anti-Ebola teams have been killed or injured in armed attacks in North Kivu and Ituri.
Anti-Ebola facilities have also been the target of attacks in these regions, which have been plagued by violence for two decades.
Since November, more than 200 civilians have been killed in the area in killings attributed to the Ugandan-born armed group ADF (Allied Democratic Forces).
The current Ebola epidemic is the tenth on Congolese soil since 1976 and the second most serious in history after the one that killed some 11,000 people in West Africa in 2014.