The number of people killed in the Ebola explosion in eastern DRCs increased to 443, healthy authorities announced, as new president Felix Tshisekedi started his first day in the office on Friday.
The growing death penalty of more than 40 in the past ten days – emphasizes the challenge of controlling the epidemic in the impatient east and is only one of a set of complex issues against Tshisekedi.
Tshisekedi swore Thursday after a long late and bitter disputed election, replacing Joseph Kabila after 18 turbulent years in charge of the largest sub-Saharan Africa country.
In its inaugural address, Tshisekedi promised a new era of respect for human rights. He also faces strong poverty, corruption and fighting between militias that dominate parts of the east.
On bulletin on Thursday, the Ministry of Health considered the growth of the Ebola explosion.
"Since the beginning of the epidemic, the number of cases is 715, including 666 confirmed and 49 probabilities. In all, there were 443 deaths" in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, said the ministry.
Dr. Kongo, formerly Zaire, saw 10 explosions of the highly contagious hemorrhage disease, since it was first identified in 1976 near the Ebola river in the northwest of the country.
The most recent explosion was declared on August 1 in the region of Beni, an important market in North Kivuo, and rapidly spread to the neighboring region of Ituri.
The ministry said 248 people recovered from the Ebola virus, while "236 suspected cases" were under investigation – down one of the previous newsletter on January 15.
The region of Beni and parts of Ituri regularly attacks attacks from local armed groups and foreign rebels, especially the feared Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) of neighboring Uganda.
The presidential election, held on December 30, was suspended in Beni, officially due to the Ebola explosion and regional insecurity.