As cases pass 2,000, key facts about Congo's Ebola epidemic

Maricruz Casares
Junio 7, 2019

The Ebola outbreak has surpassed 2,000 cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is showing no sign of slowing down, reports ABC News.

Nearly 2,000 cases of Ebola have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as the central African nation struggles with the second largest outbreak of the disease in history, CNN reports.

International Development Secretary Rory Stewart has called for other countries to step in to help overstretched local health services take control with the death toll standing at more than 1,300.

"Since the start of the epidemic, the total number of cases stands at 2,008, of which 1,914 have been confirmed [by lab test] while 94 are probable", it said in an update.

As of June 2, health officials reported 2,008 confirmed and probable Ebola infections linked to the ongoing outbreak, including 1,346 deaths.

Violence by armed groups and community mistrust have severely undermined attempts to halt the epidemic, forcing health workers to suspend vaccination and treatment work.

Health workers fear that their inability to vaccinate people against EBOLA will inevitably lead to a further increase in the planet's second worst outbreak of the disease.

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The task is to overcome the resistance from communities who believe Ebola is a conspiracy by aid groups and the government.

The DRC topped 1,000 cases on Mar 24-8 months into the outbreak.

Oxfam's Congo country director Corinne N'Daw said there is no point in having the treatment if people won't use it.

Between January and early May, there were 42 attacks on health facilities, with 85 workers either injured or killed, according to WHO figures.

"We are not able to vaccinate, not able to treat those who are ill, we are not able to follow up on those who may have been exposed to the virus".

The ADF fighting in Beni happened on Monday night, interim town Mayor Bakwanamaha Modeste told DPA news agency.

The incident comes a few days after the Congolese army said they had killed 26 ADF members in the same region.

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