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Death toll tops 200 in DR Congo Ebola outbreak

AFP  |  Kinshasa 

The death toll from an outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of has risen to more than 200, the ministry said on Sunday.

The ministry said it had recorded 201 deaths from the virus and that 291 cases have been confirmed since the outbreak began in August.

About half of the cases were in Beni, a city of 800,000 people, in the North Kivu region.

The on Friday called on armed groups active in the region not to hinder efforts to fight the Teams responsible for responding to the outbreak "have faced threats, physical assaults, repeated destruction of their equipment and kidnapping," Minister said on Friday.

"Two of our colleagues in the have even lost their lives in an attack," he said.

The outbreak is the tenth in DR since was first detected there in 1976.

is a that can spread rapidly through small amounts of bodily fluid, causing internal bleeding and potentially death. Since a programme began on August 8, more than 25,000 people have been innoculated, the ministry said earlier this month.

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First Published: Sun, November 11 2018. 04:40 IST