WHO: Four Ebola responders killed in DRC

29 November, 2019

More people have been killed as they try to save others in DR Congo. The circumstances are no yet clear, but previous attacks have been linked to misinformation and false rumours. There are reportedly hundreds of different rumours circulating, including 'Ebola does not exist' and 'People are being taklen to treatment centres to be deliberately killed'.

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Two attacks in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have killed 4 workers responding to the Ebola outbreak and injured 5 others.

The attacks occurred overnight on a shared living camp in Biakato Mines and an Ebola response coordination office in Mangina.

“We are heartbroken that people have died in the line of duty as they worked to save others,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization Director-General. “The world has lost brave professionals.”...

In the last week, there were 7 cases of Ebola, down from a peak of over 120 per week in April 2019.

“Ebola was retreating. These attacks will give it force again, and more people will die as a consequence,” said Dr Tedros...

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