The Ebola epidemic has been raging since August in the east RDC, made 201 deaths, officials said, on Saturday, November 10. The health response is hampered by attacks by armed groups in this region rich in minerals.
"No other epidemic in the world was as complex as we are currently living", judges the Congolese health minister, Oly Ilunga Kalenga.
The number of people affected by the Ebola virus is now 326 (291 confirmed, 35 likely), according to the latest official Saturday bulletin.
Third most deadly epidemic
If 98 people were cured, 201 died, causing this to be the third deadliest in RDCafter 1976 (280 deaths) and 1995 (250 deaths).
The medical response was complicated by the regular attacks by armed groups that fight for the control of the eastern regions of the country, rich in minerals "explains Al Jazeera.
"Officials also reported cases of resistance in the local population".
It attacks three to four times a week
For twenty years, the east of the RDCwhere natural resources abound, is plagued by chronic insecurity. A hundred armed groups are testing the region.
The intervention teams against the epidemic are attacked on average three to four times a week ", according to the authorities. "Two of his members were killed in an attack."
In spite of these obstacles, more than 27,000 people at risk were vaccinated, "Half of them could develop the disease". Contaxio by the virus is by secretions, like saliva or blood.
In October, an expert committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) will decide "The epidemic is likely to get worse unless the response is strengthened".
Between 2014 and 2016, an Ebola outbreak in West Africa killed nearly 11,300 people.
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