Goma - 100 people have already died of Ebola in eastern Congo. The dangerous virus was detected in the victims with laboratory tests, said the Congolese Ministry of Health yesterday. A further 35 deaths were considered to be suspected Ebola cases, but the infection was not clearly proven. In all likelihood, 211 people have contracted the hemorrhagic fever since the epidemic began at the end of July, and 55 patients have been cured so far, according to the ministry.
The Ebola outbreak in North Kivu province has already started the tenth epidemic in the Congo since the disease was discovered there in the 1970s. The central African country therefore has experience in combating smaller outbreaks of the disease, which is named after Congolese river. However, the new epidemic affects large city and an area with problematic security situation.
The World Health Organization () only recently issued warning that the hostile attitude of parts of the population in Beni and the ongoing rebel attacks in North Kivu posed great risks to the fight against the virus. The city of Beni is increasingly becoming the center of the current epidemic.
The Ebola virus is one of the most dangerous pathogens in the world. More than 11,000 people died in an epidemic in 2014/2015 in West Africa. Infected patients can easily transmit the virus. Researchers suspect that at the beginning of an epidemic, people become infected from eating wild animals such as bats.