Amid Violent Attacks, Ebola Reaches DRC Trade Hub

DRC’s Ebola outbreak has expanded, killing a patient in the 1-million person trade hub of Butembo. Cases are also mounting in Beni, that patient’s hometown, where violent attacks against medical staff and care facilities have raised further concern, CIDRAP reports.

Over 6,000 vaccines have been administered and experimental treatments are being deployed; but some are refusing vaccines and hiding sick family members, the DRC's health ministry reported.

The outbreak has now reached 127 cases—93 confirmed and 31 probable; 87 have died, according to the latest tweets from WHO’s Peter Salama.

Salama noted that the Butembo case was quickly detected and an expanded response is underway, but, he said: “When you have an Ebola case confirmed in a city with 1 million people, no one should be sleeping well tonight around the world,” according to HuffPost.

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