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Alarm as Ebola outbreak reaches 2,000 cases, picks up speed

Alarm as Ebola outbreak reaches 2,000 cases, picks up speed”

"This outbreak will only end when communities are engaged and leading the response efforts themselves", Nicole Fassina, Ebola coordinator with the IFRC, said in a statement.

Now it is contained within two provinces, but it is becoming harder to monitor the spread of the virus because of violence in the country's eastern region. While we are working to challenge that, many cases are going un-noticed because people with symptoms have been avoiding treatment.

One young woman Martine, who attended a training Oxfam organised for a women's group, told us that even though her sister had died from Ebola late previous year, most of her family didn't believe the virus was real.

This is already the 11th outbreak of Ebola in the DRC.

There are 14 new confirmed cases, half of them at Mabalako, adding to a count that now reaches 2,008 including 94 probable cases in the total.

The number of Ebola cases in Democratic Republic of Congo has topped 2,000, according to new government figures that show the growth of the epidemic is gaining pace.

The outbreak, which began last August, has proved hard to bring under control because of community mistrust and violent attacks on health care workers.

"The current response to tackle Ebola isn't working", Corinne N'Daw, Oxfam's country director in Congo told Reuters. Notably, more than 129,000 people have received an experimental but effective Ebola vaccine in its first widespread use.

Between January and early May, there were 42 attacks on health facilities, with 85 workers either injured or killed, according to WHO figures from May 3.

World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said: "Every time there is an incident we are not able to provide services and go into communities".

A mob killed an Ebola health worker and looted a clinic in the village of Vusahiro earlier this month.

"Every time there is an incident. we are not able to provide services and go into communities".

The rebel group frequently launches attacks on civilians but recently has been responsible for attacks on United Nations peacekeepers as well.

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