Ebola Outbreak in DR Congo Claims Two More Lives

by VR Sreeraman on  December 29, 2008 at 11:31 AM Tropical Disease News   - G J E 4
Two more people have died from an Ebola outbreak in central DR Congo, bringing the tally to 11 dead from the highly contagious but rare disease, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Sunday.
 Ebola Outbreak in DR Congo Claims Two More Lives
Ebola Outbreak in DR Congo Claims Two More Lives

"This Sunday morning, a women with symptoms... of Ebola died," MSF spokesman Francois Dumont told AFP.

A man also died from Ebola on Thursday, he said.

Health Minister Augustin Mopipi said Thursday that the outbreak had killed nine and infected 21 since it was detected in November.

Named after a small Congo river, the disease was found in the town of Kampungu, near Mueka in the Western Kasai province.

Ebola is deadly in about 50-90 percent of cases, with victims hemmorhaging all over and bleeding from body orifices before dying in the most severe instances.

MSF has erected a "small isolation unit of six beds" near Kampungu, with three receiving care there, Dumont said.

Two others are at home and under observation, with MSF also following the cases of more than 100 people who have had contact with the disease, he said.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been hit by Ebola outbreaks three times before.

In 1976 it killed nearly 500 people on both sides of the country's border with Sudan.

It struck again in 1995, killing 245 people in the western province of Bandundu.

Another 26 cases were confirmed in 2007 in Kasai province, after 187 people died from a host of diseases, including Ebola, malaria, typhoid and dysentery.

Source: AFP

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