Congo ebola outbreak surges

This item appears on page 59 of the December 2018 issue.

An ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been ongoing since Aug. 1. As of Oct. 23, there were 212 confirmed cases of ebola, resulting in 124 deaths, with an additional 35 deaths considered to have probably been caused by the disease.

The number of new cases of ebola spiked in October, mostly in the city of Beni, North Kivu province, where containment and treatment actions were suspended due to attacks by armed rebel groups.