The surge in new Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continued at a brisk pace today, with 14 new cases reported from a broad range of larger and smaller hot spots, the health ministry said in its daily statement.

Also, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in one of its regular updates that it’s concerned about rising activity in the wide area responders are covering and about continuing infections in health workers.

New case details

Of the 14 new cases, 7 are in Katwa—the main hot spot—and 3 are in Vuhovi. Four locations each have a single case: Butembo, Mandima, Masereka, and Beni. The new infections boost the overall outbreak total to 1,168 cases, which includes 1,102 confirmed and 66 probable cases. Health officials are still investigating 274 suspected cases.

Also, 10 more people died from their infections, 7 of them in community settings in Katwa, Vuhovi, Masereka, and Mandima. The developments lift the outbreak’s overall fatality count to 741.

One of the community deaths involves a health worker in Vuhovi, which the ministry said raises the number of infected health workers to 86, which includes 31 deaths.

Credit: CDC

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