Intruders attacked a treatment center run by Doctors Without Borders for the second time in four days, leaving four Ebola patients missing and forcing the medical aid group to suspend its operations in the area Thursday.
"Such attacks are deplorable for their immediate impact on lives and for the risk of spreading the disease further", the agency, a public health armed of the United Nations, said in a statement. The assailants set some of the compound's facilities - as well as vehicles - on fire and gunshots were heard. Efforts to secure the zone and to locate patients and staff are still underway.
As of 26 February, the region has suffered 879 Ebola cases, of which 499 or 57 percent were female and 264 or 30 percent were children aged less than 18 years, according to the WHO.More news: North Korea Leader Kim Says Ready to Denuclearize
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A health worker sprays disinfectant on his colleague after working at an Ebola treatment centre in Beni, Eastern Congo. "Our efforts are now focused on the immediate safety of both staff and patients".
The World Bank says it has allocated up to 80 million dollars for the Democratic Republic of Congo to fight Ebola.
The Ebola outbreak declared in August is the second-largest in terms of cases and deaths behind the one in West Africa that killed more than 11,300 people during 2014-2016.