The deadly Ebola outbreak in eastern DR Congo has claimed 49 lives since the beginning of the month, the government reports, and the World Health Organization expects more cases.
The gradual increase in death toll and a further 2,000 people fearful of exposure to the virus add to the suffering of a country already confronted with violence, displacement and political insecurity.
First reported on August 1 in the province of North Kivu the current outbreak killed 49 of the 90 reported cases, according to the latest Health Ministry bulletin on Saturday.
It said about 49 deaths from the hemorrhagic fever, 63 were confirmed and 27 were probable. Confirmed cases are verified by laboratory tests on samples from patients. The cases considered "likely" often affect ill people with a close epidemiological link to confirmed cases, but they have not been tested.
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According to the Department of Health, field teams identified 2,157 "contacts" – persons who may have come in contact with the virus.
WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told journalists at Geneva's UN agency headquarters on Friday that she "expects more cases"
"We do not know if all the chains of transmission have been identified," he added  The eruption is the 10th to hit the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1976, when Ebola was first identified and named after a river in the north of the country
For a long time, Ebola was considered incurable, despite its rapid isolation and rapid treatment Symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration helped some patients to survive
The search for a vaccine was made during an Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,300 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2013-15 in West African countries. ever more urgent.