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More than 200 deaths from Ebola in Congo


In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 201 people died from Ebola in August. AFP reports on the basis of the Congolese minister of health. During this virus epidemic, between 291 and 326 people became ill.

Read also: Violence and political anxiety hinder the fight against ebola in Congo.

It is the tenth epidemic of Ebola that affected the country in 1976 and the second year this year. Efforts to combat pests are hampered by the violence and political anxiety in different regions. The head of the UN security staff on Friday, after the visit of the Director-General of the World Health Organization, asked not to obstruct the aid. He focused on armed groups that are active in the east of the country.

Response teams face "threats, physical attacks, repeated destruction of equipment and kidnapping," he said. "Two of our colleagues from the emergency department were killed even in an attack." Since this year, there has been a vaccine for Ebola. More than 11,000 congolese people in high-risk areas were vaccinated.

North Congo

Northeast Congo is a conflict area where several armed groups are in conflict with each other. In Beni, one of the most important cities in the North Kivu province and a hub of the outbreak, relief activities were stopped for a few days in September after an attack.

Mistrust is also a difficult factor in the fight. Some Congolese think that treatment centers are for organ trafficking, said a Red Cross employee NRC. The heavy costs that emergency workers wear to prevent infection increase suspicion. The result is that some people refuse to come to treatment centers and sometimes even run, causing the spread of the virus.

Without vaccine or treatment, someone who is infected has 90% chance of dying from the Ebola virus. Contamination occurs through contact with body fluids of a person suffering from the disease. Those who get sick will have sudden fever, muscle pain and weakness (dry phase), followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, liver function and weakened kidneys, and sometimes bleeding.

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