EBOLA OUTBREAK: Disease SPREADS beyond infection zone as outbreak nears Uganda border

Friday, September 21, 2018
By Paul Martin

EBOLA has now spread beyond the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu infection zone, with a new case springing up in Ituri province, just 31 miles from the Ugandan border.

Fri, Sep 21, 2018

Nearly 100 people have died from the deadly virus since July in North Kivu, with nearly 50 more infected with the fatal disease.

The Vice Governor of Ituri Province, DR Congo, confirmed a new case of Ebola on the shores of Lake Albert at a border point where people can cross into Uganda.

It has sprung up almost 125 miles away from the previous epidemic in Kivu.

The current Ebola outbreak, which was declared on August 1, has killed 97 people, the Red Cross has warned.

Since August the infectious disease has also infected another 46 people.

On Thursday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said the Ugandan government would implement the Ebola vaccination if the virus spread across the border from neighbouring DR Congo.

In an attempt to contain the virus, aid workers have educated nearly 2.5 million Africans on how to reduce the risk of it spreading.

But officials admitted they are struggling to locate the area where the disease is being transmitted because the source of the outbreak lies near a dangerous conflict zone.

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