(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency)
Amman, Feb.9 (Petra)-- Some 500 persons were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo in six months due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus, according to the country's health ministry on Saturday.
The ministry recorded about 502 deaths from the current epidemic, while 271 other cases have recovered, noting that 441 people, who died confirmed to have Ebola, while the remaining 61 deaths were likely to be infected with the virus.
Since a vaccination programme began on August 8, more than 76,425 people have been inoculated, the health ministry stressed.
The outbreak of the virus is the tenth in DR Congo since Ebola was first detected there in 1976.
Ebola is a serious infectious disease that can spread rapidly through small amounts of bodily fluid, causing internal bleeding and potentially death.