Ebola virus disease - Democratic Republic of the Congo

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It said that 15 communal burial sites and 43 single graves have been found near the town of Yumbi. According to the report, although outbreak risk remains high at the national and regional levels, the global risk level remains low.

MONUSCO reports that the security situation is now calm, with national security forces having been deployed to affected areas.

Kinshasa, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the second largest outbreak of the virus in history, after the epidemic that affected West Africa from 2014 to 2016.

The Ministry of Health (MoH), WHO and partners continue to respond to an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD), despite persistent challenges around security and community mistrust impacting response measures.

"While we have been able to largely control the disease in Mangina, Beni and Komanda, the virus continues to spread in the Butembo area, largely because of insecurity and population movement", added Dr. Gianfranco Rotigliano, UNICEF Representative in the DRC.

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UNICEF is scaling up its response to help victims and control the spread of the disease. Over a thousand people have been massacred in the area since 2014 by armed fighters and more than 230 a year ago, according to US-based rights watchdog, Human Rights Watch.

Emergency aid in the form of medicine, food, water tablets and malaria kits have been dispatched to the region, the statement said.

In Katwa during the past 3 weeks (since 9 January), 49 health structures were identified where confirmed cases were hospitalised, including nine health centres where nosocomial transmission potentially occurred.

General Bernard Commins, MONUSCO Force Deputy Commander, in Yumbi, where clashes between Batende and Banunu communities last December caused the deaths of hundreds, and the displacement of many others.

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