The deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has surpassed 1,000 cases, according to the country’s health ministry.
It is the second-deadliest and second-largest Ebola outbreak in history, topped only by one in West Africa in 2014, when the disease killed more than 11,000 people, according to the World Health Organization.
“We use words like ‘cases’ and ‘containment’ to be scientific, but behind every number is a person, a family and a community that is suffering,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general.
“This outbreak has gone on far too long.”
The WHO also had reported a rise in the weekly rate of confirmed Ebola cases. The organization cited “increased security challenges, including the recent direct attacks on treatment centers, and pockets of community mistrust” as causes for the uptick.
Those security challenges include attacks on treatment facilities. Recently militants attacked an Ebola treatment center, killing a police officer.
In a previous month, two attacks on Ebola treatment centers in the province of North Kivu forced Doctors Without Borders (also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres or MSF) to put some humanitarian efforts on hold.
Tedros also said, “The communities affected by this outbreak are already traumatized by conflict. Their fear of violence is now compounded by fear of Ebola. Community engagement takes time. There are no quick fixes. But we are learning and adapting to the evolving context every day.”
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