Three Ebola workers killed in troubled eastern DR Congo

Deadly attack on Ebola centre as violence surges in DR Congo

More than 3,100 Ebola cases have been confirmed since an outbreak was declared in August 2018 and more than 2,100 deaths recorded.

It was not immediately clear who the attackers were. The injured were ministry of health and WHO staff.

"The last strongholds of the virus were in these areas", WHO's Ryan said.

On Tuesday, WHO said it had moved 49 Ebola-response staff out of the eastern town of Beni as insecurity in the area surged. "It will be tragic to see more unnecessary suffering in communities that have already suffered so much".

The protests also prompted WHO to put a hold on Ebola response work in the city, sparking concern from health experts.

"Attacks by armed groups in Biakato Mines and Mangina in DRC have resulted in deaths and injuries amongst Ebola responders", WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Twitter. "We've seen it time and time again that we have the number of cases declining, and then you have an episode of violence where activities can not continue at full strength for a few days and you see a rise in cases, so it's a major setback".

"The same can be said. for the measles response, not just in Beni but across the entire country", he said. Previously, cases had increased after attacks from health workers and sanitary facilities.

Repeated attacks from rebel groups have made it even more hard for health workers to contain the Ebola virus.

After an emergency meeting on Monday, President Felix Tshisekedi chose to authorize joint operations between Congolese and USA forces in Beni as a result of protests that also set fire to the city hall.

The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) reported that 19 people were killed in a new attack by suspected rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) early on Wednesday morning in Maliki, North West of the village of Oicha.

Far from the capital, Kinshasa, some traumatized residents in the densely populated border region near Uganda and Rwanda are wary of outsiders, further complicating the Ebola containment work in a part of Congo that had never recorded the virus before.

Health workers continue to struggle with misinformation and reluctance to seek treatment for the widespread virus through close contact with the body fluids of infected people, including the dead.



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