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Since the beginning of the epidemic, 3,000 people have contracted the virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to health authorities with 2,000 deaths and 900 cures.

The World with AFP Posted today at 13h21, updated at 13h30

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The temperature of people from the DRC is being measured for Ebola symptoms at the Mpondwe border crossing with Congo in western Uganda on June 14, 2019.
The temperature of people from the DRC is being measured for Ebola symptoms at the Mpondwe border crossing with Congo in western Uganda on June 14, 2019. Ronald Kabuubi / AP

The milestone of 2,000 deaths was crossed Friday, August 30, in the Ebola epidemic raging in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to Congolese health authorities. "Since the beginning of the epidemic, the cumulative number of cases is 3,004, of which 2,899 confirmed and 105 probable. In total, there were 2,006 deaths "says the country's multi-sectoral national Ebola response committee in its Thursday newsletter released on Friday. "902 persons" have also been declared cured, according to the same source.

Ebola haemorrhagic fever, highly contagious, causes the death of between 25 and 90% of patients, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). There is no commercialized treatment or vaccine, but several leads are being tested. It is spread by direct contact with blood, body secretions (sweat, stool, etc.), sexually and through the improper handling of contaminated cadavers.

Declared 1st August 2018, the current Ebola outbreak in the DRC is tenth on Congolese soil. In thirteen months, the epidemic affected three provinces in the east of this country (North Kivu, Ituri, South Kivu).

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Death of a nine-year-old girl in Uganda

On Friday, the nine-year-old Congolese girl who was tested positive Thursday for the Ebola virus in Uganda, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), died, a health source said.

In June, three members of the same family died in Uganda after contracting Ebola in the DRC. But by the end of July, WHO had declared Uganda Ebola free, with no other cases reported in the meantime.

The current epidemic is the second most important in the history of Ebola after the death of nearly 11,000 people in West Africa (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone) in 2013- 2014.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrives in DRC on Saturday to support the Ebola response. He will go to Goma then to Beni, important center of the epidemic.

Read our editorial: Ebola, a global emergency



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