Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak taking place in a war zone

A Liberian burial team during the world’s biggest Ebola outbreak

A Liberian burial team during the world’s biggest Ebola outbreak

Forty-two people are believed to have died from the haemorrhagic fever in Congo's tenth Ebola outbreak since it was discovered in the 1970s.

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North Kivu is densely populated with more than one million displaced people, and while this is Congo's 10th Ebola outbreak, health officials have said the local population is not familiar with the disease.

According to WHO and the DRC's Ministry of Health, the number of cases so far stands at 57 confirmed or suspected cases, with 41 deaths, already surpassing the previous Ebola outbreak in the country's Equateur Province, with 53 cases and 29 deaths.

Ms. Ilunga said that the country is "much better prepared this time".

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There are more than 100 armed groups in the province and about 120 violent incidents since January alone, Tedros said, adding that there was even a fighting within just 15 km from where he stayed in Beni, a major city in North Kivu, during his trip to the country.

"We call on the warring parties for cessation of hostilities, because the virus is unsafe to all".

"This will be a highly complex operation because it is occurring in an area that has been embroiled in armed conflict for 20 years", said Hanna Leskinen, a spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Developed in the United States, the prototype drug is a so-called single monoclonal antibody - a protein that binds on to a specific target of the virus and triggers the body's immune system to destroy the invader.

Ebola causes serious illness including vomiting, diarrhea and in some cases internal and external bleeding. Four other experimental treatments have been approved for use, he said.

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The WHO chief said the risk of worldwide spread is low.

The decision to use the vaccine, called rVSV-ZEBOV, came after trials during a pandemic in West Africa showed it to be safe and effective, the World Health Organization says.

The WHO has expressed concern that the violence in North Kivu - entailing militias who often fight for control of resources, including a notorious Ugandan rebel force called the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) - could hamper the fight against the new outbreak.

Thanking donors for their support in helping defeat the previous outbreaks in the Equateur Province, Ghebreyesus called on the worldwide community to "speed up the financing" to respond to this new crisis.

Seven of the almost 75 health workers in Mangina have been infected, Tedros said.

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"We have started with health workers, and we have already vaccinated more than 216".

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