By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The number of  Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases increased by seven, bringing the total to 96 cases reported (including 92 confirmed and 4 probable) in Equateur province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). 37 people have recovered.

Image/Dr. Frederick Murphy,CDC

The outbreak has  affected 32 health areas spread over 10 health zones.

In addition, five additional EVD deaths were recorded, bringing the total to 42.

Earlier this week, the World Health Organization (WHO)  Africa said the 11th Ebola outbreak in DRC, which began in early June,  continues to be of grave concern, given its continuing rise and geographical spread.

The outbreak is further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic, a long-standing measles outbreak, and a complex humanitarian crisis in the country.