The current Ebola Virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reached a terrifying new milestone last week as the number of confirmed cases of the hemorrhagic fever crossed the 500 patient mark. Currently, this outbreak is the second largest in history and is showing no signs of receding any time soon. Complicating the matter are the ongoing regional conflicts in the affected areas, as well as a general lack of understanding about the virus amongst the population, according to a report from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Marie Jeanne Kavira works with the #Ebola response #vaccination team. She engages with communities, dispelling rumors and quelling resistance. By mid-December, there was much less resistance to being vaccinated in #Beni, she says. @WHO #DRC #HealthForAll pic.twitter.com/MpULmHP7Qd
— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) December 19, 2018