Attacks on Ebola responders in the DRC leaves several dead and injured

03 December 2019

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On 28 November 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported the deaths of four workers responding to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Five other workers were injured.

Two separate attacks took place in the east of the DRC on the night of 27 November 2019. The attacks occurred overnight at a shared living camp in Biakato Mines and an Ebola response coordination office in Mangina.

The dead include a member of a vaccination team, two drivers and a police officer, while one WHO staff member was injured.

On 1 December 2019, WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, visited health workers affected by the attacks and called for improved security in the region to protect the health workers trying to contain Ebola.

Sources: WHO, 28 November 2019 and 1 December 2019