The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is spreading at an alarming rate.
In the last two months alone, the World Health Organization has recorded 1,000 cases—as many as it did in the first seven months after the outbreak was first confirmed in the country’s North Kivu Province last August. As of June 3, the World Health Organization reported 2,020 reported Ebola cases, with 1,354 resulting in deaths.
The rapid transmission of the virus that causes a hemorrhagic fever is exacerbating a crisis that’s already surpassed the 1976 outbreak as the country’s worst ever. In comparison, the outbreak in 1976—the first ever recorded—saw only 318 cases identified. The ongoing outbreak is the tenth in DRC’s history.