WHO: Containing Congo Ebola outbreak may take two years

June 14, 2019

A World Health Organization official has said that in a "worst-case scenario," the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo may take up to two years to end, according to an article on the CNN website.

The cumulative number of probable cases of Ebola was recently estimated at is 2,025 by the Congo's Ministry of Health. Of the 1,931 confirmed Ebola patients, 1,357 have died while 552 have made a full recovery. 

On average, Ebola kills about half of those infected, yet the current outbreak has caused fatalities in 70% of those infected.

Earlier this week, Tariq Riebl, emergency response director at the International Rescue Committee, stated that "the fact that we have hit 2,000 persons infected with Ebola so quickly demonstrates that this outbreak is spreading faster when it should be slowing."

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