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Title: Ebola in Eastern Congo: the first outbreak of the virus in an active war zone - Vox
Post by: Anonymous Poster on Oct 13, 2018    03:13:47 AM

The Ebola outbreak happening amid this havoc was declared on August 1, a week after another Ebola flareup in Western DRC ended. Since then, 200 people have gotten sick with the virus, including 125 deaths - making it one of the largest Ebola outbreaks in history.

It' also proving to be one of the most challenging to control. The virus is spreading in North Kivu and Ituri, provinces in Eastern DRC on the border of Rwanda and Uganda. There, armed opposition groups have been carrying out deadly attacks on civilians, which are forcing people from their homes. More than a million are displaced in the area, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency.

This sporadic violence and chaos are shaping up to be the global community' greatest Ebola test since West Africa in 2014. Back then, health groups, especially the World Health Organization, were widely criticized for responding too slowly, and allowing the outbreak to spin out of control.
more:
 https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/10/11/17959850/ebola-outbreak-congo-2018 (https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/10/11/17959850/ebola-outbreak-congo-2018)