DRC: Ebola outbreak death toll passes 2,000

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The death toll from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) Ebola outbreak has surpassed 2,000 people.

The latest government datasets released by the government on Friday also revealed the confirmed number of cases has passed 3,000. The DRC is grappling with the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history after the 2013-2016 epidemic in West Africa that killed more than 11,300 people.

DRC Ebola death toll continues to rise

The DRC Ebola outbreak was first declared in August last year and initial health responses were highly effective at containing the disease. For the first time, an Ebola vaccine is being used to prevent the spread of the disease and local efforts to stop Ebola crossing borders has been relatively successful.

However, the number of cases within the DRC has continued to rise and analysts are less confident about preventing a larger crisis than they were this time last year.

The World Health Organization has announced an international health emergency over the outbreak but insists the risk of the outbreak spreading into other countries remains relatively low.

Some cases have been reported in Uganda this year and earlier this week a 9-year-old Congolese girl died from the disease after attempting to cross the border into Uganda.

Concerns have also been raised at the country’s border with Rwanda where the busy border city of Goma has experienced its first cases of the disease in recent months.

Featured image: 2013-2016 epidemic in West Africathat killed more than 11,300 people

About Aaron Brooks

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.