Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Ebola Congo outbreak: UNICEF confirms virus second largest in history

DR Congo map with magnifying glass Ebola Congo outbreak: UNICEF confirms virus second largest in history | Daily Star
Celia Hoffman | 01 February, 2019, 20:16

The massacre was carried out in four attacks that began on December 16, the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission of the Congo said in a statement Thursday. It said that 15 communal burial sites and 43 single graves have been found near the town of Yumbi. The violence was allegedly triggered by a dispute over the burial of the customary chief of the Banunu community, it said. According to the report, although outbreak risk remains high at the national and regional levels, the global risk level remains low.

It is the biggest Ebola outbreak since the virus ravaged West Africa between 2014 and 2016. The response to this latest outbreak continues to be hampered by insecurity, frequent movement of people in the affected areas, and resistance from some communities.

The Ministry of Health, WHO and partners have continued to face challenges in the containment and control of the Ebola Virus disease (EVD) outbreak in DR Congo. The health zone of Katwa in Butembo, North Kivu, continues to be the main focus of the Ebola outbreak, having recorded 65 percent of the newly confirmed cases in the last 21 days, according to the Ministry of Health.

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Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, said the United Nations health agency is investing a huge amount of resources into preventing Ebola from spreading outside DRC and helping governments' ramp up their readiness to respond should any country have a positive case of Ebola. Those clashes, we think, took place between 16 and 18 December past year. Voters in Yumbi were unable to cast their votes, as the Electoral Commission building was among those totally destroyed.

"[We are] ready to support the Congolese authorities to bring justice to the victims, and promote reconciliation between the two communities".

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