As Ebola outbreak marks 6 months, health centers a concern

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As Ebola outbreak marks 6 months, health centers a concern

And speaking of missions, the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) reports that hundreds of people, including women and children, were apparently killed during clashes between Batende and Banunu communities in Yumbi Territory, in the north-west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The latest outbreak was declared on August 1 in the region of Beni, a major market town in North Kivu, and quickly spread to neighbouring Ituri province.

Persistent intercommunal violence has blighted much of North Kivu, as well as the neighboring provinces of South Kivu and Ituri, long after a half-decade civil war ended in 2003 and more than a hundred militias now operate in the region.

This is the 10th outbreak of Ebola in the DRC - and the country's worst. It is also the world's second largest Ebola outbreak in history after the one in West Africa in 2014-2016. "But, South Sudan is at particularly high risk of imported cases due to the cross-border movement of people and goods, hence protecting frontline and health care workers from getting infected with Ebola is the highest priority for the Ministry of Health in South Sudan", Kok told journalists in Juba.

More than 11,000 died from the virus which infected nearly 30,000 people in 10 different countries.

Dr Gianfranco Rotigliano, UNICEF Representative in the DRC, said: "While we have been able to largely control the disease in Mangina, Beni and Komanda, the virus continues to spread in the Butembo area, largely because of insecurity and population movement". The health zone of Katwa in Butembo, North Kivu, continues to be the main focus of the Ebola outbreak, having recorded 65 percent of the newly confirmed cases in the last 21 days, according to the Ministry of Health.

Marchal said the area was now relatively calm, but warned: "Tensions between the two communities are still very evident and are at risk of worsening".

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