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Victims Ebola died in 200 Congo outbreak in translucent people

Victims Ebola died in 200 Congo outbreak in translucent people
U-5 | Monday, November 12, 2018 | 18:13

[BRAZZAVILLE] More than 200 people died in the last Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to health officials on Sunday (11/11), about half of the victims died of Beni, a city of 800,000 in the North Kivu region.

The national health authorities of the Congo say that the vaccination program has inoculated around 25,000 people. However, Health Minister Oly Ilunga said the armed rebels continued to disturb the medical team.

In September, vaccines were detained in Beni when rebel groups launched a several-hour attack. Congo suffered a conflict during years of civil war and political turmoil.

The current Ebola outbreak, which began in July, is the tenth time it has attacked the country since 1976. Ebola virus goes through small amounts of body fluids and infections are often killed.

In the latest update, the Ministry of Health assured that 291 cases were confirmed and 201 deaths were recorded. UN peace ministers called on armed groups not to hinder medical workers from fighting the disease.

Ilunga said on Friday that the team would face "threats, physical attacks, repeated destruction of their equipment and kidnappings."

"Two of our colleagues from the Rapid Reaction Medical Unit even lost their lives in the attack," he added.

Last week, the general director of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the lack of security was the biggest challenge to fight against the current Ebola epidemic. [BBC/U-5]

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