An uptick in the rate of newly confirmed Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s outbreak continued today, with the country’s health ministry reporting eight illnesses in four locations.

In other outbreak developments, the World Health Organization (WHO) African regional office in a weekly report today noted two more infections in health workers, and though Katwa is still the hot spot, seven health zones that have reported recent cases are points of concern.

New cases, more community deaths

Of the eight new cases the DRC health ministry reported today, four are in Masereka—the site of a recent family cluster—and two are in Katwa. Also, Kayina and Mandima each have one new case.

The illnesses lift the overall outbreak total to 968 cases, which includes 903 confirmed and 65 probable infections. Health officials are still investigating 234 suspected cases.

Three more people died from Ebola, including two in community settings—one in Katwa and one in Mandima. The other fatality occurred at Butembo’s Ebola treatment center. The developments increase the overall number of deaths to 606.

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See also:

Mar 19 DRC update

Mar 19 WHO African regional office weekly report