The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for the “full force of all partners to respond and increase their presence in the field to stop ebola and to address one of the largest and most complex humanitarian crises in the world”.
It comes as the number of cases of ebola reported in the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reaches 3,000. According to the WHO, in the past 10 weeks, an average of 80 people per week have been infected by the virus.
The outbreak was first declared on 1 August 2018. Up to 30 August 2019, 3,023 cases of ebola have been reported, with 2,024 deaths and 902 survivors. More than 155 health workers have been infected.
Most of the cases have been identified in people in the DRC’s North Kivu province. On Friday, authorities confirmed the death of a nine-year-old girl who had travelled from DRC to Uganda.
Meanwhile, more than 200,000 people have been vaccinated against ebola in the DRC, along with health and frontline workers in Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi.
The last assessment, carried out in early August, concluded that the national and regional risk levels remain very high, while global risk levels remain low.