The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains “serious and unpredictable” and has called for concerted efforts to strengthen all aspects of the response operations.
In its latest situation report, the WHO highlighted how security incidents are continuing to impact on response efforts. Operations had to be paused in the city of Beni after an armed group attacked the MONUSCO base in Boikene District, close to the residences of United Nations Ebola responders. It said the insecurity is being compounded by “pockets of misinformation, mistrust and community reluctance to adopt preventive measures.” It added: “In the given circumstances, containment of the outbreak becomes challenging. As a result, there is a need for continuous concerted efforts to strengthen all aspects of the response operations.”
As of 19 November, a total of 373 EVD cases had been reported from 14 health zones in the country. A total of 37 health workers have been infected to date, including 10 deaths.
The WHO is continuing to advise against any restriction of travel and trade to the DRC based on the currently available information, but said it was continuing to closely monitor the situation.