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Fri May 3, 2019, 07:08 PM

APNewsBreak: Death toll tops 1,000 in Congo Ebola outbreak

KINSHASA, Congo More than 1,000 people have died from an Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo that started in August, the country's health minister said Friday, as attacks on treatment centers and health workers undermine efforts to contain the disease.

Health Minister Oly Ilunga told The Associated Press that four deaths in the outbreak's epicenter of Katwa helped push the death toll to 1,008. Two more deaths were reported in Butembo.

The outbreak that was declared in eastern Congo in August is already the second deadliest in history, and efforts to control it have been complicated by a volatile security situation and deep community mistrust in eastern Congo.

Ebola treatment centers have come under repeated attack, and a Cameroonian epidemiologist working with WHO was killed last month during an assault on a hospital in Butembo city at the outbreak's epicenter. Another attack on Thursday in Butembo was repelled, said Mike Ryan, WHO's emergencies chief.

Insecurity has become a "major impediment" to efforts to control the Ebola outbreak, Ryan told reporters in Geneva earlier Friday.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/health-news/apnewsbreak-death-toll-tops-1000-in-congo-ebola-outbreak/ar-AAAQVYv

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