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Victims killed ebola epidemic in Congo Translucent 200 people
AT 5 | Monday, November 12, 2018 18:13

[BRAZZAVILLE] More than 200 people died in the last episode of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to health officials on Sunday (11/11), about half of the victims died from Benny, a city of 800,000 in the Northern Kivu region.

The National Health Authorities in Congo say the vaccination program has so far inoculated around 25,000 people. However, Health Minister Oli Ilunga said that armed rebels continued to harass a medical team.

In September, vaccines were stopped at Ben, when rebel groups launched an attack that lasted several hours. The Congo suffered a conflict in the years of civil war and political turmoil.

The current ebola epidemic, which began in July, is the tenth time that has invaded the country since 1976. Ebola virus extends through small amounts of body fluids and infections often become fatal.

In the latest update, the Ministry of Health stated that 291 cases were confirmed and 201 deaths reported. United Nations peacekeepers in the country have asked armed groups not to prevent medical workers from fighting this disease.

G. On Friday, Ilunga said the team was confronted with "threats, physical attacks, the resumption of their equipment and kidnapping."

"Two of our colleagues from the Emergency Response Unit have even lost their lives in the attack," he added.

Last week, General Director of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhan Ghebreiesus said that lack of security is the biggest challenge in the fight against the current ebola epidemic. [BBC/U-5]

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