Congo’s Ebola Death Toll Rises to 27 — Including a Nurse

May 21, 2018

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

A nurse who was treating patients in the deadly Ebola outbreak currently spreading in the Democratic Republic of Congo has died of the disease, the nation’s health ministry announced Monday.

The death happened in Congo’s rural Bikoro region, where the outbreak began, and is among the 27 deaths caused by the virus. The death toll, along with the number of suspected cases, has steadily been rising since the first cases of the new outbreak were confirmed on May 9. There are now 22 confirmed cases of Ebola, with 21 more probable cases of the hemorrhagic fever and six suspected.

Last week, the outbreak spread to Mbandaka, a city of 1.2 million people, raising alarms that the virus could spread much faster in the close quarters of a more urban environment.

Congo’s Health Minister, Oly Ilunga, said the country would start its vaccinations Monday. Along with the World Health Organization, Congo is conducting a “ring vaccination” strategy in which people who may have had contact with an Ebola victim — and contacts of those contacts — are all preemptively given a dose of the vaccine. Healthcare workers on the front lines of the outbreak will also get a preventive dosage.

Officials predict it will take about five days to vaccinate the 100 contacts — 73 of which are healthcare staff — who have interacted with confirmed Ebola patients. The antidote is still a test vaccine, but it previously helped quell the deadly outbreak of the disease that ripped through West Africa in 2014, claiming more than 11,300 lives.

In a glimmer of good news, two patients who were diagnosed with the hemorrhagic fever have since recovered from the virus and have been sent home.


Featured image by Moeletsi Mabe/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X points on dining and 2x points on travel, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
Regular APR
16.24% - 23.24% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.