DRC: Ebola outbreak set to exceed 2,000 cases

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Aid groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) say the number of Ebola cases in the country’s outbreak are set to exceed 2,000.

The DRC is currently grappling with the second-largest outbreak of the disease in history with the number of cases rapidly increasing in recent weeks. The latest figures show there are 1,994 known and probable cases of infection with around 10 new cases being reported on a daily basis.

DRC Ebola cases set to exceed 2,000

The DRC’s Ebola outbreak was first declared in August last year and initial attempts to contain the disease were relatively successful. However, efforts have been hampered by violence in parts of the country and mistrust against health aid workers.

In certain areas, health workers say they are afraid to wear protective equipment because they fear they will be targeted by armed groups.

Some 1,339 people have died during the outbreak and the rate of new cases has drastically increased in recent weeks, prompting fears the outbreak could breach the DRC’s borders and expand into surrounding countries.

The UN has been urged by charities and organisations to increase its efforts in dealing with the DRC’s Ebola outbreak.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.