WHO Mourns Health Worker Dead In DR Congo

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The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is not only spreading but is extending southward into a "high security risk area", United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Tuesday.

The latest outbreak was declared on August 1 in the region of Beni, a major market town in North Kivu, and quickly spread to neighbouring Ituri province.

In mid-January, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, said that according to "credible reports", hundreds of villagers from the four communities in Yumbi, had been killed during inter-ethnic clashes between the Banunu and Batende communities, during several days, beginning on 16 December.

Persistent intercommunal violence has blighted much of North Kivu, as well as the neighboring provinces of South Kivu and Ituri, long after a half-decade civil war ended in 2003 and more than a hundred militias now operate in the region.

"Two Congolese Regular Forces (FARDC) soldiers have died of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to military and health sources". It's the second largest outbreak of the Ebola disease in the world's history after the 2014-2016 outbreak in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.

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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.

More than 11,000 died from the virus which infected nearly 30,000 people in 10 different countries.

The report said that relatively high numbers of cases were reported in recent weeks, mostly driven by the outbreak in Katwa Health Zone, which is the current focus of large-scale response activities.

UNICEF is also training teachers and providing assistance to families and community leaders in the affected areas.

The virus is spread through direct contact with body fluids such as blood from infected humans.