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Ebola: UNICEF To Scale Up Response In DR Congo

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Ebola Response Team
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The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF has said that it will open a new Ebola-response front in the Democratic Republic of Congo,DR Congo.

WHO said that it would provide support to thousands of people, including children, following the recent confirmation of new Ebola cases there.

In a latest development, the DR Congo authority said that five more Ebola cases were confirmed, including two from the urban commercial hub of Butembo in North Kivu province, one of which involved a health worker from a clinic where the city’s first case had been treated.

Butembo is North Kivu province’s second-largest city, with a population of nearly 1 million, and has so far four confirmed cases.

Earlier cases include a patient who fled from the Beni outbreak hotspot and a man who fled from Ituri province and whose illness was diagnosed retroactively in Butembo based on a semen sample.

UNICEF said its expanding Ebola response and deploying to Butembo a team of 11 specialists in community communication, education, psycho-social assistance, and water, sanitation and hygiene, to help contain the disease and avoid any further spread of the epidemic.

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