At least 1,008 people have lost their lives due to Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) since the outbreak of the virus in August last year, the country’s health ministry confirmed. Out of the 1510 cases registered in North Kivu and Ituri provinces of the country, as many as 400 have recovered. The outbreak that was declared in eastern Congo in August is already the second deadliest in history, and efforts to control it have been complicated by a volatile security situation and deep community mistrust. World Health Organisation said with violent attacks on communities and medical centers, a “considerable” rise in Ebola cases has occurred over the past week in Congo.

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