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DR Congo Ebola outbreak 'worst' in the country's history


A health worker administers Ebola vaccine to a village in Mangina in North Kivu province, August 18, 2018Image copyright

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Medical teams are vaccinating people to help stop the spread of the virus

The latest outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the worst in the country's history, the health ministry says.

Almost 200 people have died since August, officials say, with more than 300 confirmed or probable cases.

A vaccination program has so far inoculated about 25,000 people.

Congo has suffered from long years of instability and efforts to relieve the disease.

"At this point, 319 cases and 198 deaths have been registered," health minister Oly Ilunga said.

"In view of these figures, my thoughts and my prayers go to the hundreds of families grieving, to the hundreds of orphans and the families which have been wiped out."

About half of the victims were from North Korea, a city of 800,000 in the North Kivu region, the national health authority said.

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The current outbreak is the tenth Congo has suffered and the worst since Congo's first epidemic in 1976,

The outbreak in 1976 was the result of an unknown disease in a remote part of Congo.

Ebola is spread via small amounts of bodily fluid and infection often proves fatal.

Early symptoms are flu-like, followed by vomiting, diarrhea, a rash and internal bleeding.

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