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Ebola in DR Congo tops 1000 cases, struggles to contain spread – Quartz Africa
Congolese, targeting their frustration at aid workers, have used the medical community of cashing in on the second worst Ebola outbreak in the world.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is in the midst of the worst Ebola outbreak the country has experienced, it's spread heightened by suspicion and violence. The relationship between aid workers, the state and affected communities has become "toxic" with the already restive eastern part of the country.
Since the outbreak was first identified in August 2018, more than 1,000 people have been infected with the haemorrhagic virus, with 639 deaths as of Mar. 26, according to the national health ministry.
“We use words like 'cases' and 'containment' to be scientific, but behind every number is a person, a family and a community that is suffering , ”Said WHO director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "This outbreak has gone on far too long." DR Congo has established a good track record of the deadly disease, but this outbreak, its tenth, has defied expertise. Its occurrence in a densely populated urban area close to neighboring countries, has meant that larger populations are exposed to the highly infectious disease
This is compounded by sporadic conflict in the restive eastern Congo. In Beni, the administrative center of the North Kivu province, groups have repeatedly attacked civilians. The Allied Democratic Forces have caused deadly chaos in the region since the late 1990s, the ante in the last several years, which has led to the deaths of hundreds of people.