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Dramatic increase of Ebola cases in the Congo

About ten months after the beginning of the Ebola epidemic in the East of the Congo, the disease spreads rapidly. Since the end of March, the number of Infected has risen from 1000 to 1500.

In the East of the Congo is the number of new Ebola diseases is greatly increased. At the end of March the authorities were about 1000 cases of illness, there are now about 1500. The number of deaths increased from 630 to around 970. This corresponds to an increase of around 50 percent.

In last week up to and including Monday, we have registered 106, confirmed the new cases of the hemorrhagic fever and 72 deaths, said the Ministry of health in Kinshasa. So many new cases in a week have not given it before. The WHO also assumes that there is a considerable underreporting and that the number of Ebola patients is significantly higher.

In Beni in the Congo-registered people with possible Ebola-Infected contact.

The head of the world health organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, after a visit to the affected town of Butembo "deeply concerned." The number of diseases increases due to acts of violence, "which will allow us to recover each Time a setback," says Ghebreyesus. The international community must do more to support the fight against Ebola.

attacks on treatment centers

The eruption in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri is difficult to curb because of the Region's numerous militias are active. There have been repeated attacks on Ebola treatment centres. Only last week, a WHO doctor in Butembo was killed. After the attacks of the auxiliary insert is exposed to, usually temporarily, in order to strengthen the security measures. In this time, the number of new call in sick, again.

In Butembo be accompanied Doctors and health staff of soldiers. An attacker was shot and killed last week, an employee of the world health organization.

of the population has no confidence

The Africa Director of the WHO, Matshidiso Moeti, praised the volunteers: "have you experienced the Unimaginable and are still willing, their important work to continue." Additional security measures for helpers made, however, it is difficult to gain the trust of the population. This is for the fight against the epidemic, but it is essential. To compound the problem, the people in the for many years, the unstable Region have already hardly any confidence in the authorities and the government. Rumours have it that the government wanted to decimate with Ebola, only the population, or that Ebola was an invention of the authorities apparently.

vaccine in the test phase

to contain the outbreak in the East of the Congo, have already received almost 110,000 people in the test phase of Ebola vaccine. Congo coordinator for the fight against Ebola, Aruna Abedi, warned that the epidemic could not last for long, as long as the population follow the hygiene recommendations of the authorities.

The epidemic which began officially in August, is the second-worst known outbreak of the lethal pathogen. In the case of the world's worst Ebola consequences of the epidemic in West Africa, more than 11,000 people had come in the years 2014/2015 killed. The Ebola Virus is named after a river in the Congo.

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