Ebola: Death toll rises to 700 in DR Congo


At least 100 people have been confirmed dead due to the outbreak of Ebola virus in DR Congo over the past three weeks, taking the overall death toll in the latest outbreak to over 700, according to health ministry data.

According to the health ministry,the  Local people are now at least receiving vaccines on a large scale for the first time with more than 95,000 getting a dose of the rVSV-Zebov vaccine from Merck laboratories.

The Democratic Republic of Congo declared its tenth outbreak of Ebola in 40 years last August in northeastern North Kivu province before it spread into the neighbouring Ituri region.

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The current outbreak is the second worst to date, the deadliest being a 2014 epidemic in West Africa which killed more than 10,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.


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