As health workers try to contain an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the death toll has increased to 31.
The deaths from the hemorrhagic fever outbreak doubled in the past week. World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic tells Shots that’s because they have discovered more people who were originally infected.
“We can expect an increase in the number of cases as more people are tracked. These are not necessarily new cases,” Jasarevic says. “I want to stress that this is a serious outbreak, and there is a risk of the Ebola virus spreading, but we would not say that it’s out of control.”.
Earlier Thursday, another WHO spokesman, who is in Congo’s capital city, told Reuters the outbreak was “out of control” and “if nothing is done now, the disease will reach other places, and even major towns will be threatened.”
In contrast, Jasarevic says “it is being dealt with” and that all measures have been put in place to stop the outbreak.
WHO fact sheet on Ebola hemorrhagic fever