The Ebola outbreak in the middle of an ongoing crisis zone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has become the world’s second deadliest outbreak of the disease. To date, 426 cases and nearly 200 deaths have been recorded, still significantly less than the outbreak in West Africa from 2013-2016 that saw over 11,000 deaths. The outbreak is the DRC’s 10th since 1976, but new treatments have created hope that future outbreaks can be more easily prevented and stopped. The major factor in this outbreak is the continued violence and instability that has prevented health workers from accessing the areas impacted by the disease, preventing vaccinations and other efforts to stem the spread.
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