CONGO: International community urged to act as number of Ebola cases passes 2,000

Health workers in DRC tending to Ebola patients

The number of cases in the latest outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has passed 2,000, provoking calls from UK international development secretary Rory Stewart for more personnel on ground, the Guardian reports.

Figures released by the DRC ministry of health show that up to June 2 there have been 2,008 cases of the disease which includes 1,346 deaths since the outbreak was declared last August.

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While violence by armed groups and community mistrust have severely weakened attempts to halt the epidemic, the effect has forced health workers to suspend vaccination and treatment work.

Rory Stewart, UK international development secretary, said it was important to get a grip on the outbreak and urged other countries to step in.

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