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Congo Ebola epidemic exceeds 1,000 cases



DAKAR, March 25 (Reuters) – The Congo Ebola epidemic has now exceeded 1,000 cases, said the Ministry of Health Monday with a death of 629 in the world's second largest outbreak.

Health workers have been better prepared than ever for this latest epidemic of hemorrhagic fever, causing severe vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding and killing more than half of those it infects. New technologies such as an experimental vaccine, experimental treatments and futuristic cube-shaped mobile devices for the treatment of patients have contributed to slowing the spread of the virus.

But public distrust and fierce uncertainty in those parts of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where Ebola has hit have hampered the response and complicated the fight against it.

Five Ebola centers have been attacked since last month, sometimes by armed attackers. The violence led the French medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) to suspend its activities at the outbreak epidemic last month.

As a result, it is now the second-oldest in the history of 2013-16 in West Africa, believed to have killed more than 11,000 people.

"The total number is now 1,009 cases," the ministry said in a statement, but it added: "The answer, led by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with its partners, has limited the geographical spread."

Last Wednesday, the authorities confirmed a case of Ebola in Bunia, another city of nearly 1 million people. (Writing by Tim Cocks Editing by Peter Graff)


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