Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

WHO warns of 'perfect storm' for Ebola in eastern Congo

WHO warns of 'perfect storm' for Ebola in eastern Congo

Reports say Ebola prevention activities have been suspended in the Democratic Republic of Congo city of Beni after a deadly rebel attack.

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

"If WHO and its partners had to leave North Kivu ... we would have grave concerns that this outbreak would not be able to be well controlled in the coming weeks or months".

Saturday's attack was pinned on the Allied Democratic Forces, an Islamist group, in local media reports, though with dozens of armed militias active in eastern Congo, establishing culpability is hard.

The deteriorating security situation over the past two months in North-Kivu has also impacted hunger levels.

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In the almost two months since the outbreak was declared, there have been 150 confirmed and probable cases of the disease, and 100 people have died, as of 23 September.

Treatment centres will stay open but vaccinations and the tracing of people who have been in contact with suspected Ebola patients have stopped for now.

"We've heard this morning, that that "ville morte", which was yesterday, has now been extended right through to Friday of this week", he said, "which basically means for the United Nations family, including World Health Organization, a lockdown in Beni".

One of the armed groups in DRC which pose a threat to civilians and the worldwide response to Ebola, the ADF - Allied Democratic Forces - has sufficient military capacity to ambush blue helmets from the UN'a Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO) and government forces - the FARDC. "An added complication here is that some of these fighters may have been exposed to Ebola, and yet they'll be even more hard to track down than ordinary civilians".

The Beni region, not far from the Ugandan border, is under siege from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist rebel group blamed for hundreds of civilian deaths over the past four years. Congo's ministry of health has gained a reputation for being particularly adept at containing the disease, but many factors in this current outbreak make that hard.

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