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The fight against Ebola suspended in the DRC



Since last August, the DRC has experienced the worst Ebola fever epidemic in its history.Image copyright
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Since last August, the DRC has experienced the worst Ebola fever epidemic in its history.

The Congolese Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) have temporarily put an end to efforts to eradicate the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo following an attack on Saturday.

Congolese authorities and WHO officials made the decision after fighting broke out near a UN staff base near the town of Beni.

Sixteen UN officials were evacuated because of the fighting within a few meters of an emergency center where they were helping to eradicate the Ebola fever, which has killed more than 200 people in the DRC since August.

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A projectile struck the building they were in. But the origin of the bombing remains an enigma.

It is unclear when WHO staff will return to their workplace.

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The Congolese Ministry of Health blamed the attack on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) emergency center, a Ugandan rebel group active in the area since the 1990s.

Earlier this week, seven peacekeepers and 12 Congolese soldiers were killed in a joint operation against the ADF rebels.


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