Ebola epidemic spreads to larger city in Congo

December 14, 2018

Public health officials are warning about the spread of Ebola in an eastern province of Congo, as cases are reported in a city of more than a million people, according to an article on The Hill website.

Health workers have seen a dramatic spike in cases in Butembo, a regional trading hub with strong links to neighboring Uganda and Rwanda. Twenty-five confirmed cases of the virus have been identified in Butembo, up from 11 cases two weeks ago.

Butembo residents have been reluctant to acknowledge Ebola’s presence, and interactions with healthcare workers have turned violent. Several health workers have been attacked, and health centers have been destroyed.

In the more than four months since the virus broke out, 273 have died. 

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