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UN agencies are working to include Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo

January 30, 2019, 17:04United Nations, January 30 (Prensa Latina) The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the second largest in history, today occupies a number of UN agencies working together to curb the epidemic.

According to UN Secretary-General Stéphane Dujarric, six months after the last outbreak of Ebola in the DRC, the largest outbreak of West Africa in 2014 began.

According to UNICEF, more than 740 Congolese were infected with the virus and 30% of them were children. So far, 460 died and 258 were able to survive.

Unicef, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other UN agencies are working to expand their responsibilities in the DRC and to deploy additional staff in the areas most affected, especially in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The WHO warned that reported cases of Ebola have increased in recent weeks in the province of North Kivu, especially in the Katwa area, where response teams are also exposed to mistrust of communities.

The outbreak also expanded south to Kayan, a high-risk area for conflict in the country.

Insecurity, frequent movement of people in affected areas and resistance of some communities to support and treatment complicate the response to the epidemic.

Although the virus is heavily controlled in the cities of Mangin, Ben and Team, it continues to spread in Butembo.

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