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|Ebola Outbreak: Death Toll In DR Congo Rise To 61 by grammys: 1:35pm On Aug 23, 2018|
Sixty-one people have died in the latest outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo , the authorities said, adding that four novel drugs had been added to the roster of treatments.
The health ministry’s General Directorate for Combatting Disease said 103 cases of Ebola had been recorded in the eastern DRC as of August 22, 76 of which had been confirmed by laboratory tests.
Of the 103 cases, there were 61 deaths, 34 of which been confirmed by lab tests, while 27 others were considered “probable” cases of Ebola.
The government has earmarked $43 million (37 million euros) to fight the latest scare.
Ebola is a highly contagious haemorrhagic fever caused by a virus which is believed to have a natural home in species of tropical bats.
It causes serious illness including vomiting, diarrhoea and in some cases internal and external bleeding. It is often fatal.
In the worst Ebola epidemic, the disease struck the West African states of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2013-15, killing more than 11,300 people.
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