CONGO’S EBOLA OUTBREAK ON THE RISE, CITIZENS FIGHTS OFF HEALTH WORKERS, CALLS DISEASE A CONSPIRACY THEORY

27 confirmed new cases of Ebola have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo the total number of cases so to 126.

Congo health ministry say this is reportedly the biggest since the current outbreak was declared last August, the health ministry said.

Meanwhile the outbreak in the country’s eastern regions is now spreading at its fastest rate, due largely to a spate of attacks by militiamen and others distrustful of the international response.

Meanwhile many Congolese believe that Ebola is a conspiracy cooked up by the government or foreign countries.

Five Ebola centers have been attacked in the past two months, and a senior World Health Organization official was killed by militiamen 10 days ago.

The assailants have mostly been unidentified but are believed to comprise both local militiamen and community members who oppose the response efforts.

The current outbreak of the virus, which causes severe vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding, is the second largest in history behind the 2013-16 West African epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people.

The Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces is believed to have killed at least 891 people and infected over 500 more so far.

 

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