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UN agencies work to contain Ebola in Democratic Congo

January 30, 2019, 17:04United Nations, January 30 (Prensa Latina) The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the second largest in history, reported today, takes several UN agencies that work together to contain the epidemic.

According to UN Secretary-General’s spokesman Stefan Duzarric, six months have passed since the last Ebola outbreak in DRC, which became the largest since the outbreak in West Africa in 2014.

According to UNICEF, more than 740 Congolese were infected with this virus, of which 30 percent are children. To date, 460 died and 258 were able to survive.

Unicef, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other UN agencies are working to expand their response in the DRC and to deploy additional staff in the most affected areas, especially in the eastern part of the Democratic Congo.

WHO warned that in recent weeks, the number of reported cases of Ebola in the province of North Kivu has increased, especially in the Katwa region, where response teams also face distrust of communities.

The outbreak also spread south to Cain, a high-security zone due to the conflict situation in the country.

The lack of security, the frequent movement of people in the affected areas and the reluctance of some communities to provide help and treatment make it difficult to respond to the epidemic.

Although the virus is largely controlled in the cities of Mangina, Beni and Team, it continues to spread to Butembo, according to WHO.

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