FILE PHOTO: Congolese health worker is preparing to administer an Ebola vaccine, outside the victim's house that died from Ebola in the village of Mangina in North Kivu in the province of the Congo Democratic Republic, August 18, 2018. REUTERS / Olivia Acland / File Mon
KINSHASA (Reuters) – The current Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the most serious in the country's history with 319 positive and likely cases, the health ministry said late Friday.
It is believed that the hemorrhagic fever has killed 198 people in the northern Kivu and Ituri provinces, where attacks from armed groups and community resistance to health officers have complicated response.
Congo has suffered 10 cases of Ebola since the virus was discovered near the unbenymous River Ebola in 1976.
"The current epidemic is the worst in DRC history," said Jessica Ilunga, a spokesman for the ministry at Reuters.
With over 300 cases, the epidemic also runs as the third worst in the history of the continent, following the cases of 2013-2016 in West Africa where over 28,000 cases were confirmed and there were cases in Uganda in 2000 including 425 cases.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization, said Thursday, that security represents the fundamental challenge in the current epidemic, followed by community confidence.
"When an assault, the operation is actually freezing, so we hold the surgery. And when the operation stops, the virus gets an advantage and affects us in two way, "he told reporters in Kinshasa.
"And one is still up on the load. Because when operations are stopped, there is always a bleak of vaccinations, or tracking a link. And the other, the second problem, is that more cases are being produced because we can not vaccinate them, "he said.
The confirmation of new cases has accelerated in the last month and the World Health Organization's experts crisis committee in October said the case was likely to get worse if the response had risen.
Report by Giulia Paravicini; Additional reports by Fiston Mahamba; Edited by Alessandra Prentice and Hugh Lawson