Ebola cases in DR Congo break 2,000 mark: Health ministry - worldwide

OUTBREAK Cases of Ebola have tripled

OUTBREAK Cases of Ebola have tripled

There are 14 new confirmed cases, half of them at Mabalako, adding to a count that now reaches 2,008 including 94 probable cases in the total.

· From working on previous Ebola outbreaks, Oxfam knows that talking with communities and finding safe solutions with them is critical to containing the virus- by using local health workers, working with community leaders who speak the local language and treating communities as equal partners, and recognising their capacity and experience to stop Ebola.

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

"Dr. Mouzoko's death moved me profoundly", WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement after the attack.

There are now 1,914 confirmed cases of Ebola and 94 probable cases of Ebola in the DRC, making the outbreak of the viral infection the second largest in history since it was declared in August 2018.

The number of Ebola cases in Democratic Republic of Congo has risen to over 2,000, according to new government figures that show the growth of the epidemic is gaining pace.

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The acute insecurity has prevented vaccination teams from getting to some areas, while many people fear going to Ebola treatment centres, choosing instead to stay at home and risk transmitting the disease to carers and neighbours.

"Every time there an incident we are not able to provide services and go into communities".

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", said World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic.

"The victims were killed by bullets and others by bladed weapons", Mayor Modeste Bakwanamaha told Reuters.

He believes that the horror attack was likely a response from the country's army that killed 26 ADF members following assaults on an army post in nearby Ngite.

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