Aid groups halt Ebola work as Congo raid toll hits 21

Aid groups halt Ebola work as Congo raid toll hits 21

World Health Organization (WHO) regional experts on Tuesday met in Uganda to share information and best practices to prevent the spread of Ebola now causing havoc in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The latest outbreak, which causes haemmorhagic fever, vomiting and diarrhea, is believed to have killed 99 people since July and infected another 48.

Health centers, including the Beni Ebola Treatment Center, all remained open, among other responses, he said. It has advised against and restriction of travel and trade to the DRC based on the information that is now available and is continuing to monitor and verify travel and trade measures if necessary.

Some 21 people, including 17 civilians, were killed in an attack by rebel forces in the city of Beni, where World Health Organization has based its operations, leading to the declaration of a "Ville Morte", or period of mourning, lasting until Friday.

"We are now extremely concerned that several factors may be coming together over the next weeks and months to create a ideal storm", WHO's head of emergency response Peter Salama told a news conference in Geneva on Tuesday.

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Salama said it was unclear when operations might resume but that an official mourning period is expected to last until Friday. "Our operations are in effect suspended", he added. An additional 31 deaths have occurred among probable and suspected cases, which would bring total Ebola deaths to 100 once confirmed.

"If we do see unsafe burials that can't be responded to and symptomatic people that can't be accessed, we can see this situation deteriorating very quickly", Dr. Salama said.

So far, only 27% of the money needed to meet the humanitarian needs in DR Congo this year has been provided. The confusion may make it hard to extinguish the outbreak, he said. The ADF rebels have been able to overrun Congolese military bases and ambush United Nations peacekeeping forces, he said.

This progress risks being undone by the uptick in violence in the Kivus region, which is home to more than 100 armed groups, he said, before noting that neighbouring countries now also face an increased risk of the disease spreading.

But the main weapon is the time-honoured technique of isolating patients and tracing people who have been in contact with them.

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