Congo-Kinshasa: WHO Aims to End DRC Ebola Outbreak in 6 Months

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The World Health Organization (WHO) chief says the Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) can be brought to an end in six months, if everything goes as planned.

The most widespread Ebola outbreak in history, which began in Guinea in 2013, killed over 11,00 people - mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - according to the World Health Organisation.

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"Our target now is to finish it within the next six months". Since January, it said the number of new cases reported every week has dropped by half from an average of 50 cases to 25. Aid efforts in the region have been slowed by community mistrust and attacks from armed groups.

On Thursday, a group of young men attacked an Ebola center for the fifth time since last month, Congo's health ministry said, after medics attempted to collect samples from the body of a man suspected of having died of the virus.

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Nyembo told Reuters the assailants torched the facility and some vehicles in Lubero's Biena health zone, which is west of Butembo, and that one person was injured when police opened fire.

"We have a striking contradiction: on the one hand a rapid and large outbreak response with new medical tools such as vaccines and treatments that show promising outcomes when people come early - and on the other hand, people with Ebola are dying in their communities, and do not trust the Ebola response enough to come forward", said International President of MSF, Dr Joanne Liu. "And the second is not only that it is not spreading, it is actually contracting", Tedros said.

"That's a big challenge".

"It has not spread to other parts of the country, and it has not spread to neighboring countries".

He called on global donors to fund the $148 million plan to tackle Ebola in the next six months, a tiny spend compared to the potential cost.

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