Ebola cases pass 2,000 as crisis escalates

Cases have doubled in just over two months in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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The number of Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has doubled in just over two months and has now passed 2,000, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

An estimated 2,008 people have been infected with Ebola in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces since the start of the outbreak in late July 2018, and 1,346 of those individuals have died. The numbers represent a rapid escalation of the crisis since the outbreak passed the 1,000-case mark on 24 March (see ‘Escalating crisis’).

“I’m profoundly worried,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director-general, told Nature in May. He attributes the failure to end the outbreak to mistrust of and assaults against Ebola responders — problems that have worsened this year. “The number of cases increases with the frequency of attacks,” he says.

By: Amy Maxmen/Nature News

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