Fresh Ebola Crisis Hits Congo, 13 New Cases Confirmed
The dreaded deadly Ebola has hit the Democratic Republic of Congo once again.
On Wednesday, 13 news cases were confirmed in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo - one of the highest daily counts since the start of the outbreak in July, according to the country’s health ministry.
“It’s pretty exceptional,” health ministry spokeswoman Jessica Ilunga said, commenting on the data published in its daily bulletin on the epidemic.
Reuters reports that attacks by armed groups have hampered international efforts to control the outbreak, the worst in Congo’s history, which has infected over 380 people and killed two-thirds of them.
The number of new cases has accelerated in the past month and an emergency committee of World Health Organization experts said in October that the outbreak was likely to worsen significantly unless the response was stepped up.
Treatment, vaccination programmes and safe burials of victims have been disrupted by a surge in violence and abiding local mistrust of health directives.
Last Wednesday, 12 Congolese soldiers were killed alongside seven U.N peacekeepers in clashes with militias near the epicentre of the outbreak.
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