How fridges are helping Congo fight a resurgence of Ebola

Henrietta Strickland
August 7, 2018

Four more people have died from Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, two weeks after another outbreak that killed 33 people in the northwest was declared over, the Congolese health ministry has said.

He said so far, 26 case with haemorrhagic fever signs, including twenty deaths in the area of North Kivu have been reported.

As with the previous outbreak, vaccination will focus on health workers and people who have come into contact with confirmed cases of the disease, said Barthe Ndjoloko, who oversees the health ministry's Ebola response.

This region north of North Kivu province is already threatened by armed groups including the fearsome Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) who have terrorized Beni for several years. There also is frequent cross-border trade with Uganda, which could complicate containment of the disease.

"We're responding to an outbreak of this high-threat pathogen, with one of the highest mortality rates of any known disease, but in the context of a war zone", Peter Salama, Head of Emergencies at World Health Organization said.

Goma: Health workers in Congo are setting up refrigerators to keep cool an Ebola vaccine needed to tackle an outbreak suspected of killing some 30 people since it was declared over last week.

"The Ministry of Health, WHO, and partners are working to establish the full extent of this outbreak", the WHO statement read.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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