According to Reuters, over 300 cases have been confirmed, hemorrhagic fever already killing 198 people in North Kivu and Ituri provinces. In these areas, the intervention of medical staff has been hampered by armed attacks and resistance by residents, which has led to an increased number of deaths.
Over the years, since 1976, when Ebola was discovered, there have been 10 such epidemics in Congo, but the current one is considered the worst.
Director of the World Health Organization said the main issues are security and people's mistrust.
"When an attack occurs, the entire operation is blocked. So we postpone the intervention. And when the intervention is postponed, the virus takes us forward in two ways: we lose the number of cases and the history of vaccinations […] and new cases arise from the inability to vaccinate people, "he said.
In addition, according to WHO forecasts, cases will continue to multiply if no urgent action is taken.
Ebola is a rare and deadly disease in most cases, affecting humans and primates (monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas). In 2014-2015, an epidemic of Ebola affected the entire African continent, killing over 10,000 people. In 2016, the end of the epidemic was officially recorded, but infection outbreaks such as the one in Congo continue to exist.