DRC: Ebola outbreak set to exceed 2,000 cases
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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