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Ebola outbreak hits record number of cases in a single day

27 Ebola cases  in one day, according to the country’s health ministry. That surpasses the last record, set a few weeks ago, of 20 Ebola virus cases in one day.

The World Health Organization said 27 new confirmed cases had been reported Sunday, the most in a single day since the outbreak started in August. Similarly, 126 new cases had been reported in the week ending April 28, the highest weekly total since Ebola took hold in the country.

“The increase in the number of new cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo remains deeply concerning,” WHO said in the report. “With often difficult to access settings, disruptions by incidents of sporadic violence by armed militias, and limited healthcare resources, this outbreak is taking place in one of the most challenging circumstances ever confronted by WHO.”

A total of 33 healthcare workers have also died, including WHO epidemiologist Richard Mouzoko, who was killed when armed militia members attacked a clinic in Butembo on 19 April. Conflict has been constant in the region for decades, with some 70 militia groups vying for control over mining in the area.

 

As the outbreak has continued, health workers and clinics have been specifically targeted with violence. Two clinics were firebombed in late February, and Doctors Without Borders temporarily pulled their workers out of the area to keep them safe.


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