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It has been 8 months since an Ebola outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo and since then, the number of people known to have contracted the disease has exceeded 1,000.

As of November 2018, almost 50 percent of people screened in the DRC Ebola treatment centers have been found to have malaria, said the World Health Organization, in a press release.

Last Wednesday, authorities confirmed a case of Ebola in Bunia, another city of close to 1 million people.

According to the country's Health Ministry, there were 1,009 reported Ebola cases out of which 944 are confirmed with the other 65 marked as probable cases.

Confirming the cases, the International Rescue Committee's emergency response director in DRC, Tariq Riebl, said cases are likely to be going unreported and the true figure could be even higher in the coming weeks.

"These numbers show that despite the hard work being done, this outbreak is far from over".

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Efforts to contain the latest outbreak, the 10 in the DR Congo's history, have been hampered by poor security in the highly unstable east, which teems with militia groups.

Mercy Corps is repeating its call for urgent funds and investment into building community trust and engagement so there is a clear understanding of the disease, and how it is spread.

The outbreak is the second largest of all time, surpassed only by the 2014 West African outbreak, which involved more than 28,000 cases and 11,000 deaths.

Last week, the World Health Organization had reported a rise in the weekly rate of confirmed Ebola cases after several weeks of decline.

"The ministry of health and partners including the IRC are working around the clock to curtail the outbreak as quickly as possible to reduce the loss of life and further damage to the community".

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