Ebola spreads to DRC city surrounded by rebels

Olivia Acland  Reuters

Olivia Acland Reuters

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday investigating the infection and its possible spread to 97 people in contact with the physician would be hard because the area was entirely surrounded by rebels.

Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya says the latest report indicates that as of August 21, 2018, there are a cumulative 103 cases since the start of the outbreak out of which 75 are confirmed with 32 dead.

A doctor is now believed to have contracted the illness, and he's currently hospitalized for the second time after presenting Ebola symptoms. Several civilians have been murdered by the militia. Aid workers, priests and government officials are held hostage in the area, he added.

Suspected new cases continued to emerge in Mabalako and Oicha areas of North Kivu, according to the United Nations (UN) relief wing.

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"Ebola Treatment Units are where patients can get the best care possible - with access to rehydration methods and protection from infecting their family and community", Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, Uganda's WHO Representative said.

The index case was possible a doctor who traveled to Oicha from Beni and would possibly per chance presumably perchance silent maintain contaminated his companion, Salama acknowledged.The avenue to Oicha is in a red zone.

The Minister noted that the disease has seen a total of 13 cases among health workers of which 12 are confirmed and one has died.

"It is really the problem we were anticipating and at same time dreading", he told a news briefing. "Once they reach Oicha, they are able to move within Oicha town more freely, because the town itself is a yellow zone from a security perspective", he explained.

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An already bad situation was made much worse when a vaccination center located in Manbangu was destroyed by fire.

A doctor in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been hospitalised with the deadly Ebola virus after coming into contact with almost 100 people.

Dr. Salama warns that this is "a pivotal moment in the outbreak". Unless the militia gangs stand down, though, there's little that World Health Organization can do to prevent an epidemic from happening.

A joint United Nations and DRC Ministry of Health team implements prevention and outbreak control activities, including alert investigation, epidemiological surveillance, vaccination campaigns as well as hygiene and sanitation education measures.

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Woldemariam said the treatment units were fully equipped and ready to manage any Ebola cases in the East African country.

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