DR Congo iden­ti­fies ‘sec­ond wave’ of Ebola

Gulf Times - - AFRICA -

Asec­ond wave of the Ebola virus has been con­firmed in eastern Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, where an ini­tial out­break has al­ready killed 125 peo­ple, a min­is­ter said yes­ter­day.

The lat­est wave is cen­tred in Beni, a town in North Kivu near the bor­der with Uganda, said Health Min­is­ter Dr Oly Ilunga. “We don’t yet know the scale of it,” he added. “The epi­cen­tre, which was in Mang­ina is now in Beni.”

The two towns lie about 20km apart. This sec­ond wave oc­curred as a re­sult of com­mu­nity re­sis­tance to mea­sures taken to tackle the dis­ease, Ilunga said. “The epi­demic in Beni is high risk..and the sit­u­a­tion is wor­ry­ing.”

On Fri­day, the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion ex­pressed con­cern over the grow­ing num­ber of cases in re­cent weeks, es­pe­cially in Beni.

The lat­est out­break is the 10th in DR Congo since Ebola was first de­tected there in 1976.

Of­fi­cials in Beni have an­nounced mea­sures to pro­tect health work­ers af­ter a num­ber of in­ci­dents where re­sponse teams were as­saulted.

Fears and mis­con­cep­tions about the virus have led to wide­spread mis­trust and re­sis­tance to Ebola re­sponse work­ers, in­clud­ing those who come into com­mu­ni­ties wear­ing haz­mat suits to or­ches­trate buri­als.

A staff mem­ber of the UN peace­keeper mis­sion MONUSCO was among the lat­est vic­tims of the virus, the UN and health min­istry said.

The work of health of­fi­cials is also ham­pered by vi­o­lence in a re­gion which has long been rav­aged by armed con­flict.

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