Growing alarm as Ebola outbreak in DRC reaches 2,000 cases

Grant Boone
June 7, 2019

Now it is contained within two provinces, but it is becoming harder to monitor the spread of the virus because of violence in the country's eastern region.

The outbreak spread across several regions in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri left 1,994 infected people, including 94 likely, of them 1,329 dead and 533 healed, based on day 1´s data, the most recent ones published by the Ministry of Health.

More than 2,000 cases of Ebola have been recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the last 10 months, officials have said.

The UN has been urged by charities to ramp up Ebola prevention work in DRC to the highest level of emergency response.

The latest report from the MOH (computer translated), since the beginning of the epidemic, the cumulative number of cases is 2,020, 1,926 confirmed and 94 probable.

The number of reported cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has exceeded 2,000, the country's Ministry of Health confirmed today (Tuesday 4 June).

Violence by armed groups and community mistrust have severely undermined attempts to halt the epidemic, forcing health workers to suspend vaccination and treatment work.

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"The current response to tackle Ebola isn't working", Corinne N'Daw, Oxfam's country director in Congo told Reuters.

Others don't trust the health workers, which leads people with symptoms to avoid treatment, thus making it harder to stop the virus spreading.

"Our teams are still meeting people on a daily basis who don't believe Ebola is real".

Between January and early May, there were 42 attacks on health facilities, with 85 workers either injured or killed, according to WHO figures from May 3.

"Every time there an incident we are not able to provide services and go into communities. We are not able to vaccinate, not able to treat those who are ill, we are not able to follow up on those who may have been exposed to the virus", Jasarevic said.

"We regret the death of 13 civilians and two military personnel", he said, adding that a rebel was also killed.

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