The Ebola epidemic that was declared on the last August 1st in the Ituri and North Kivu state, in the north east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is the largest in the history of the country already in relation to the number of infections, and adds 319.
"This crisis has exceeded the first epidemic recorded in history (from DRC, then Zaire) in 1976 in Yambuku, in the province (northwest) of Ecuador, to date, there have been 319 cases and 198 deaths, "health minister Oly Ilunga confirmed in a statement.
So far, the cases in Yambuku, did not follow this disease – named after the Ebola Congolese – not only the most dead in the country's history with 280 deaths, but also where there were more infections ( 318).
This epidemic, with 198 deaths, according to the data released today by the Ministry of Health Congolese on November 8, is already the third lowest in the country, the second only to the first case in 1976 and he published the third in 1995 in the Kikwit City, where 250 people died.
"There's no other epidemic in the world that has been as complicated as the one we are currently experiencing," says Ilunga, also recalls the rejection, threats and attacks that are often faced by medical and humanitarian teams used in the area.
The strong refusal generated by a large proportion of the population is against Ebola – due to ignorance, the fear of deadly diseases and cultural beliefs – is complicated by the instability that is plagiarism and these western-western regions of the Congo.
This is the first time that the epidemic of Ebola has been declared in a conflict zone, where hundreds of armed groups are operating, which causes displacing hundreds of thousands of people who may be in contact with the virus in continuous.
Volatility complicates and limits the work of health personnel, who, in the conduct of safe burials, have been assaulted or even kidnapped by rebel groups, as it happened to three civil defense agents and an epidemiologist in the Matembo town.