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Ebola Hotspots In Congo Threaten Outbreak Response Progress, WHO Warns; More Than 150 Children Orphaned, Separated By Disease, UNICEF Says

U.N. News: DR Congo: Amid renewed risk of spread, Ebola virus leaves over 150 children orphaned or unaccompanied
“New Ebola virus hotspots in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are threatening progress made in tackling the deadly disease and increasing its risk of spreading, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Friday. To date, there have been 142 cases of Ebola in the country’s northeast, with 97 deaths. According to WHO, the cities of Beni and Butembo, in North Kivu, have become the new hotspots for the disease. … According to the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the disease has left more than 150 children and adolescents either orphaned or separated from their caregivers…” (9/21).

Additional coverage of the Ebola outbreak in Congo is available from the Associated Press, CIDRAP News, and Xinhua News (2).

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