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UN agencies are working to contain Ebola in the Democratic Congo

January 30, 2019, 17:04Ebola's attempt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the second largest in history, is now taking up several UN agencies working together to preserve the epidemic.

According to UN Secretary-General Stefan Dujaric, it lasts six months after the latest Ebola epidemic in DRC, the largest since the outbreak of West Africa in 2014, began.

According to UNICEF data, more than 740 Congo is infected with the virus, of which 30% are children. To date 460 have died, and 258 have been able to survive.

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

The WHO has warned that there has been an increase in reported Ebola cases in the province of North Kivu in recent weeks, particularly in the Katwa area, where response teams face – besides that – distrust towards communities.

The outbreak also expanded south to Caina, an area with high security risk due to the country's conflict situation.

Uncertainty, frequent movements of people in the affected areas and the resistance of some relief and treatment communities complicate the response to the epidemic.

Although the virus is largely controlled in the cities of Mangin, Benni and the Command, it continues to spread to Butembo, the WHO said.

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