From the ABC website: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-18/c ... e/10135226
Crumple may be interested, I suppose...Congo Ebola outbreak kills 44 as aid workers struggle to contain spread in conflict zone
A deadly Ebola outbreak in a conflict-hit area of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) poses an "unprecedented" challenge to health workers trying to access victims and contain the disease, medical charities said.
Latest outbreak started just a week after another was declared to be over
Longstanding conflict in the region has made people more susceptible to disease
WHO are concerned an epidemic could break out in security blindspots
At least 44 people have died and 78 people have been infected in the Congo's tenth Ebola outbreak since the deadly virus was discovered in the 1970s, according to the World Health Organisation.
At least 1,500 people have been potentially exposed to the deadly virus in North Kivu province but the violence means officials cannot be sure if they have identified all the chains by which it is spreading in the east of the vast country.
"We don't know if we are having all transmission chains identified. We expect to see more cases as a result of earlier infections and these infections developing into illness," WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told a news briefing in Geneva.
"The worst-case scenario is that we have these security blindspots where the epidemic could take hold that we don't know about," he said.
The latest outbreak started just a week after the country declared an end to a separate outbreak and marks the first time responders have had to work in an active conflict zone, where armed groups regularly kill and kidnap civilians.
"With Ebola, this situation is unprecedented. It will make the response longer and more expensive," said Michelle Gayer, director of emergency health for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), which is working to contain the outbreak.