Why Congo's Ebola outbreak is still going strong

Why Congo's Ebola outbreak is still going strong

Why Congo's Ebola outbreak is still going strong

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More than 740 people, 30 per cent of them children, have been infected so far, and 460 have died, with a total of 258 surviving the disease.

The latest Ebola outbreak in the DR Congo is the country's 10, and is considered to be its worst breakout ever. Alongside the Government and partners, UNICEF is scaling up its response to assist victims, control the spread of the disease and ultimately end the deadly outbreak.

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The UN health agency said it has helped train 60 health workers in good clinical practice principles and protocol procedures to administer the yet-to-be-licensed Ebola vaccine.

The report said that relatively high numbers of cases were reported in recent weeks, mostly driven by the outbreak in Katwa Health Zone, which is the current focus of large-scale response activities.

Nearly a third of those infected by the virus have been children.

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An estimated 16,000 people reportedly fled Yumbi and the surrounding area, to different locations including "some 7,000 persons who, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), sought refuge by crossing the river into the Republic of Congo".

Now approaching six months since the outbreak was declared, there have been a total of 752 EVD cases (698 confirmed and 54 probable) reported, including 465 deaths as of 29 January, according to WHO. UNICEF is also providing a protective environment for children in schools and nutrition assistance, including to children and adults in Ebola Treatment Centers.

Working under the leadership of the DRC government in collaboration with other services, the World Health Organization said teams were actively working to gain the trust of the local community and increase its response in these areas.

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