According to Reuters, over 300 cases have been confirmed, a hemorrhagic fever already kills 198 people in the northern Kivu and Ituri provinces. In these areas, medical staff intervention has been hampered by armed assaults and opposition from residents, which has led to more deaths.
Over the years, since 1976, when Ebola was discovered, there were 10 such epidemics in the Congo, but the current one is considered worse.
The Director of the World Health Organization said that the main issues are people's safety and confidence.
"When an assault occurs, the whole operation will be blocked, so we defer the intervention. And when the intervention is delayed, the virus helps us in two ways: we lose number of cases and history of vaccinations […] and new cases are rising from the inability to vaccinate people, "he said.
In addition, according to WHO forecasts, cases will continue to multiply if no urgent action is taken.
Ebola is a rare and deadly disease in most cases, which affects people and habitats (monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas). In 2014-2015, the Ebola epidemic affected the entire African continent, killing over 10,000 people. In 2016, the end of the epidemic was officially recorded, but infected cases such as Congo still exist.