Ebola: 300 People Infected In Eastern DR Congo

Henrietta Strickland
November 7, 2018

The deadly Ebola virus has infected 300 people in Congo since an outbreak erupted nearly two months ago in the country's east, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

The ongoing Uganda vaccinations targeting frontline health workers will be carried out in five districts along the border with Congo.

The current Ebola outbreak is unfolding in an active war zone with several armed groups attacking health officials, government aids and civilians.

It is expected that the World Health Organization delegation, also composed of the Deputy Secretary General of the UN Jean-Pierre Lacroix, will meet with the authorities in Kinshasa, the first to respond to the outbreak, and with the UN Office, its staff and its humanitarian partners. "Scientists believe such invaluable lives would have been saved had a vaccine been in existence then".

Anthony Mbonye, a professor of health sciences at Uganda's Makerere University, said the vaccinations are crucial to stemming transmission "in a highly endemic belt for hemorrhagic fevers".

"The affected areas in the DRC [North Kivu and Ituri provinces] are about 100km from Uganda's border districts", she said.

"Uganda has taken a very huge step in mitigating the risk of Ebola among health workers. This context puts the healthcare and frontline workers in Uganda at risk of being in contact with an [Ebola] case".

There are so far 239 confirmed cases in DRC in the latest flare-up, and 174 people have died from the disease.

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