The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo said the latest Ebola outbreak is now the worst recorded in the country in history with 319 confirmed and probable cases.
The ministry said late Friday that the deadly virus had killed around 198 people since the outbreak was announced on August 1 in the turbulent east. Those who died included 163 confirmed cases of Ebola, with 35 possible deaths.
This is the 10th outbreak of DRC since 1976, when bleeding fever was first identified in Yambuku.
Health Minister Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga said the current figure exceeds the outbreak. He said there were no other complex epidemics.
Armed groups vying for control of the mineral-rich east of the DRC have carried out regular attacks in North Ituri and Kivu provinces, which have made it difficult for health officials to respond to community resistance.