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Congo’s Ebola epidemic is now its worst ever and still spreading

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 28 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l433
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal, Canada

Political unrest over the Democratic Republic of Congo’s recent election as well as continued guerrilla activity in the country’s north east have hampered the response to an Ebola epidemic that has now killed 446 people out of 733 infected.

The World Health Organisation said that protesters targeted dozens of clinics around disease hotspots like Beni and Butembo, where they are often seen as outposts of the central government.

Election unrest also sent thousands of Congolese fleeing into neighbouring Uganda, as WHO warned that the virus might spread not only there, but …

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