Published: Fri, February 01, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Ebola Outbreak in Congo is the Second Biggest in History

Ebola Outbreak in Congo is the Second Biggest in History

She deplored the "shocking violence" and highlighted the importance of "investigating and bringing the perpetrators to justice".

The massacre was carried out in four attacks that began on December 16, the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission of the Congo said in a statement Thursday.

A dispute linked to a tribal chief's burial is seen as a catalyst for the fighting between the Banunu and Batende communities.

A total of 59 burial sites were found in two of the attacked towns in the region, while at least 535 civilians were killed and 111 others injured in a total of four attacks, it said.

MONUSCO disclosed furthermore, 967 properties, including churches, schools and health centres were looted or destroyed.

Currently, there are 500 World Health Organization staff deployed in the DRC to support the Ebola response.

MONUSCO reports that the security situation is now calm, with national security forces having been deployed to affected areas.

Emergency aid in the form of medicine, food, water tablets and malaria kits have been dispatched to the region, the statement said. Voters in Yumbi were unable to cast their votes, as the Electoral Commission building was among those totally destroyed.

MONUSCO has called for investigations.

Since the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was declared six months ago on 1st August 2018, more than 740 people - 30 per cent of whom are children - have been infected with the disease, including over 460 who have died, and 258 that have survived Ebola.

UNICEF is scaling up its response to help victims and control the spread of the disease.

The report said that relatively high numbers of cases were reported in recent weeks, mostly driven by the outbreak in Katwa Health Zone, which is the current focus of large-scale response activities.

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