According to Reuters, more than 300 cases have been confirmed, a hemorrhagic fever that already kills 198 people in northern Kivu and in the Ituri provinces. In these areas, medical personnel have been hampered by armed attacks and residents' resistance, which has resulted in more deaths.
In 1976, when Ebola was discovered, there have been ten such epidemics in Congo, but the present is considered to be bad.
The Director of the World Health Organization noted that the most important issues are security and citizens' mistrust.
"When an attack takes place, the entire operation is blocked, so we will postpone intervention, and when the intervention is postponed, the virus takes us forward in two ways: we lose the number of cases and the history of vaccinations […] and new cases arise from the inability to vaccinate people, "he said.
Moreover, WHO predicts that cases will increase if urgent action is not taken.
In most cases, Ebola is a rare and lethal disease affecting humans and primates (monkeys, chimpanzees, and gorillas). Between 2014 and 2015, the Ebola epidemic affected the entire continent of Africa and killed more than 10,000 people. In 2016, the end of the epidemic was officially recorded, but infection cases such as the Congo still exist.