DRC Ebola outbreak death toll passes 1,000

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The number of people killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) Ebola outbreak has passed 1,000, the country’s health ministry says.

The outbreak is the second-deadliest in recorded history, surpassed only by the 2013-2016 West Africa epidemic that killed an estimated 11,310 people. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said efforts to tackle the DRC’s crisis are being undermined by a lack of trust towards health workers and conflict in various parts of the country.

More than 1,000 people killed in DRC Ebola outbreak

The DRC’s Ebola outbreak was first discovered in August last year and fast responses from health authorities in the country and international aid groups initially contained the spread of the disease quite effectively. Although a much larger crisis has been avoided, efforts to prevent the spread of the disease have struggled in recent months and the number of cases per week has been steadily increasing.

The disease remains contained in provinces in the country but it’s becoming increasingly difficult for authorities to monitor the spread of the virus, largely due to violence across much of the DRC.

WHO says the risk of a global spread is low but warns it is likely the virus will spread into neighbouring countries.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.