More than 200 people have died in the latest outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, considered the world’s deadliest to date.
The current outbreak of Ebola began in July. Most of them were from Beni, a city of 800,000 in the North Kivu region, the national health authority said. In September, vaccinations were suspended in Beni when a rebel group launched an attack that lasted several hours. UN peacekeepers in the country have called on armed groups not to hinder medical workers fighting the disease. Teams had faced "threats, physical assaults, repeated destruction of their equipment and kidnapping". Two members lost their lives in an attack.
This year's outbreak is unusual started in Guinea, which has never before been affected
Healthcare workers are also among those most at risk of catching Ebola. In its latest update, the health ministry said 291 Ebola cases had been confirmed. the World Health Organization has declared an international health emergency as more than 3,850 people have died of the virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria this year. The disease infects humans through close contact with infected animals, including chimpanzees, fruit bats and forest antelope. It then spreads between humans by direct contact with infected blood, bodily fluids or organs, or indirectly through contact with contaminated environments. . Even funerals of Ebola victims can be a risk. Ebola was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976 since when it has mostly affected countries further east, such as Uganda and Sudan.