Beni - After the Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the death toll has risen to 164. A total of 257 Ebola cases have been reported in the province of North Kivu since the beginning of August, the Congolese said. The virus has been detected in 222 patients, the remaining 35 cases are considered likely. 67 people could be cured.
In mid-October, the authorities reported second wave of illnesses, which mainly affected the city of Beni. Previously, mainly people in the nearby town of Mangina had been infected with Ebola.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo it is the tenth outbreak since the disease was first discovered in the country in 1976. At the end of 2013, devastating Ebola epidemic struck several West African countries. In the following months, around 11,300 people died of the virus in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Ebola is an often fatal viral disease. It is transmitted through direct contact with the body fluids of an infected person.