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UN agencies work to suppress Ebola in Congo

January 30, 2019 at 17:04The United Nations, Jan. 30 (Prensa Latina) The second largest in history, the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), currently occupies several UN agencies that work together to combat the epidemic.

According to UN chief Stéphane Dujarric's spokeswoman, six months have passed since the last Ebola epidemic in DRC began, the biggest after the outbreak in West Africa in 2014.

According to Unicef ​​data, more than 740 people are infected with virus, 30 percent of them are children. To date, 460 died and 258 could survive.

UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other UN agencies are working to expand their response to DRC, and allocate additional staff to the most vulnerable areas, especially in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The World Health Organization has warned that the number of ebola cases reported in the North Kivu province has increased in recent weeks, especially in the Katve area, where response teams are faced with the mistrust of the communities.

The epidemic also spread to the south to Kayin, areas of high security risk for the country's conflict.

Uncertainty, frequent movements of people in affected areas and the resistance of some communities for help and treatment complicate the response to the epidemic.

Although the virus is largely controlled in the cities of Mangini, Ben and Command, it is still spreading in Butembu, according to WHO.

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