The Ebola outbreak in Congo is getting worse

Monday, April 29, 2019
By Paul Martin

Attacks on health workers are making it difficult to contain the virus

Economist.com
Apr 28th 2019

THE GREATEST fear of most health workers battling Ebola is catching the deadly virus, which makes people gush blood from every orifice. But to Dr Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung, an epidemiologist from Cameroon working with the World Health Organisation (WHO), violence was also a pressing worry. Dr Mouzoko was stationed in Butembo, a city in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the centre of an Ebola outbreak that was detected nine months ago. The area around it is in effect a war zone, home to over 100 militias. Locals misunderstand and distrust health workers.

On April 19th gunmen burst into a meeting of the local Ebola response team that he led. The attackers took everyone’s phone, then started shooting. Two people were wounded. Dr Mouzoko was killed. Hours later a group of people armed with machetes tried to set fire to an Ebola treatment centre at a hospital in nearby Katwa.

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