Nearly 100 Children Dead In DRC's Ebola Outbreak

Posted In: News Date:Feb 11th, 2019

A new report from Save the Children released this week said 97 children have died from the Ebola outbreak which began last August in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to CNN.

The report also warned the crisis surrounding the outbreak is building since the number of new cases doubled last month.

The cases went from around 20 a week to more than 40, according to Save The Children, who said in the last three weeks of January, there were 120 new cases overall.

Ebola kills nearly half of those infected on average, but the current outbreak has a fatality rate slightly higher at 60 percent and is now officially the second-deadliest and second-largest outbreak in history.

The only larger outbreak was the 2014 West Africa outbreak that spanned several countries and killed more than 11,000 people, according to the World Health Organization.

The death toll from the current outbreak reached 500 last week, according to the DRC's health ministry.

There have been 502 deaths and 271 people cured, but the health officials cited the vaccination programs implemented for the first time for preventing thousands of more deaths in the region.

Heather Kerr, Save the Children’s Country Director in the DRC, they were concerns about the outbreak lasting for the rest of the year as the country continues to suffer "from violence and conflict and an extreme hunger crisis - some 4.6 million children are acutely malnourished."