Ebola Outbreak Worst in Congo's History

The current Ebola outbreak in Congo is the worst in the country's recorded history, the health ministry says.

There have been 319 confirmed and probable cases, and 198 deaths since the outbreak was declared Aug. 1. The deaths include 163 confirmed Ebola cases, and 35 probable cases, CBS News/Associated Press reported.

"No other epidemic in the world has been as complex as the one we are currently experiencing," Health Minister Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga said. "Since their arrival in the region, the response teams have faced threats, physical assaults, repeated destruction of their equipment, and kidnapping."

The outbreak is in an area where armed groups are fighting for control of mineral riches, and health officials also face community resistance, CBS News/AP reported.

Despite the challenges, health officials have vaccinated more than 27,000 people at high risk due to contact with Ebola patients, according to Kalenga.

"This epidemic remains dangerous and unpredictable, and we must not let our guard down. We must continue to pursue a very dynamic response that requires permanent readjustments and real ownership at the community level," he said.

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