Ebola death toll breaks 1,500 mark in DRC

KINSHASA, More than 1,500 people have died in a

nearly 10monthold outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo,

the health ministry said Monday.

As of Sunday, 1,506 people have died out of 2,239 recorded cases, it said.

Earlier this month, the virus claimed two lives in neighbouring Uganda

among a family who had travelled to the DRC.

Nearly 141,000 people have been vaccinated in the affected eastern DRC

provinces of Ituri and North Kivu, the epicentre of the oubreak.

Ebola spreads among humans through close contact with the blood, body

fluids, secretions or organs of an infected person, or objects contaminated

by such fluids.

The current outbreak in the DRC is the worst on record after an epidemic

that struck mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone between 20142016,

killing more than 11,300 people.

Chronic violence and militia activity in Ituri and North Kivu as well as

hostility to medical teams among local people have hampered the response.

The United Nations in May nominated an emergency coordinator to deal with

the crisis. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) said this month the

outbreak currently did not represent a global threat.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)