The current Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the worst in the country's history, officials say

The current Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the worst in the country's history, officials say

The current Ebola outbreak in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the worst in recorded history in the country, with 319 confirmed and probable cases. This resulted in 198 deaths, said the country's ministry of health.

Ebola virus disease, which causes an often deadly form of hemorrhagic fever, is endemic in the region. It is the 10th eruption of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1976, the year when scientists first identified the deadly virus near the eponymous Ebola River.

"No other epidemic in the world has been as complex as the one we are currently experiencing," said Health Minister. Oly Ilunga Kalenga, on Friday in a statement.

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