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Attackers kill doctor at hospital in Congo’s Ebola epicenter

Attackers kill doctor at hospital in Congo’s Ebola epicenter

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Attackers stormed a hospital at the epicenter of Congos Ebola outbreak and killed a dear colleague, the head of the World Health Organization said Friday as he condemned the latest violence against health workers trying to contain the virus. We are outraged, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said after the attack Friday in Butembo, a city in eastern Congo. The worlds response to the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has been hampered by a series of deadly attacks on health centers in Butembo and elsewhere that have disrupted medical care and vaccination efforts, leading to a rise in new Ebola cases in the sprawling African nation. The health worker killed was Dr. Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung, an epidemiologist, a WHO statement said. A Congo health ministry staffer...
Congo’s leader sets Ebola outbreak end date after 800 deaths

Congo’s leader sets Ebola outbreak end date after 800 deaths

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Congos president said Tuesday that he wants an Ebola virus outbreak that already has become the countrys second-deadliest contained in less than three months, although some health experts estimate it could take twice as long. President Felix Tshisekedi set the timeline while visiting eastern Congo, the center of an Ebola outbreak that the national Health Ministry says has caused 800 deaths out of 1,200 confirmed cases. The cases of people sickened by Ebola are from a volatile area near the border with Rwanda and Uganda, where rebel groups and bouts of community resistance complicate efforts to contain the outbreak. More than 100,000 people have received an experimental but effective Ebola vaccine, a bright spot amid the challenges. Tshisekedis visit came a few days after the World Health ...

Delayed Congo legislative vote begins in Ebola areas

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Long-awaited legislative elections are underway in three towns in Congo after authorities postponed them because of Ebola and violence. In the town of Beni on Sunday, voters were washing their hands before entering polling centers as a protection against Ebola, which is transmitted by the bodily fluids of sick people. Voters in Beni, Butembo and Yumbi were not allowed to vote in January when Congo chose a new president. Officials said the Ebola virus posed too great a threat at the time in the eastern cities of Beni and Butembo. Elections were delayed in Yumbi because of intercommunal violence. Voting turnout was expected to be low. Albert Somo, a teacher in Beni, said people were disappointed and discouraged because they were not permitted to participate in the presidential vote.Let's bl...
Democratic Republic of Congo Ebola outbreak surpasses 1,000 cases

Democratic Republic of Congo Ebola outbreak surpasses 1,000 cases

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March 25 (UPI) -- The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo reached more than 1,000 cases over the weekend, international health officials said. Officials reported 58 new cases over the past week, bringing the total number of cases in the world's second-largest Ebola outbreak to more than 1,000, the International Rescue Committee said in a statement. "These numbers show that despite the hard work being done, this outbreak is far from over. Insecurity and violence has led to the IRC and other agencies being forced to frequently suspend programs, which time and again we have seen lead to a spike in case," said Tariq Riebl, the IRC's emergency response director for the DRC. The outbreak has a fatality rate of about 60 percent and there have been 629 deaths so far, including 564...