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Gustavo Carr | 18 October, 2018, 21:45

At least 33 people have been infected with the deadly Ebola virus in the past week, 24 of which have since passed away, the health ministry of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said.

This outbreak, the 10th to hit the DRC over the last four decades, was declared in North Kivu Province on August 1.

"In this DRC outbreak of Ebola, there are security risks to public health responders in the field that have not been present in past outbreaks", Tom Inglesby, MD, director of the Center for Health Security of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said in an interview with Contagion®.

According to the DRC Ministry of Health, 73 patients have been treated with the experimental therapies mAb 114, Remdesivir, Zmapp or Regeneron in this outbreak.

However, based on the worsening security situation in and around the city of Beni, WHO elevated the risk from "high" to "very high" on September 28. World Health Organization continues to advise against any restriction of travel to, and trade with, the Democratic Republic of the Congo based on now available information. The latest epidemiological status update on the Ebola Virus Disease as of October the 13th, 2018, shows that a cumulative 211 cases of hemorrhagic fever have been identified in the area, including 176 cases confirmed and 35 probable.

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The DRC Ministry of Health, WHO and other partners have been responding to the outbreak with teams on the ground.

Quote Message: "In recent weeks armed attacks in and around Beni in North Kivu have severely affected both civilian and front-line workers, forcing the temporary suspension of the response and raising the risk that the virus will continue to spread".

The Ebola virus which is transmitted by bats. It's estimated by the United Nations that more than a million civilians under threat from armed groups, are internally-displaced in North Kivu; around 500,000 this year alone.

The agency reported that it has continued to work with all nine neighbouring countries to increase their preparedness. The region has surpassed the Mangina Health Zone to become the epicenter of the outbreak.