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WHO Epidemiologist Killed In 1 Of 2 Attacks On Ebola Treatment Centers In DRC; ISIS Militants Move Into Area Affected By Outbreak

Associated Press: New attack on Ebola center in Congo; 1 militia member killed
“Militia members attacked an Ebola treatment center hours after another attack killed a staffer with the World Health Organization, a Congolese official said Saturday. … Such violence has deeply complicated efforts to contain what has become the second-deadliest Ebola virus outbreak in history, with the number of new cases jumping each time treatment and prevention work is disrupted…” (Maliro, 4/20).

New York Times: ISIS Claims First Attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo
“The Islamic State has claimed its first attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo, planting a flag in a region already troubled by violence and an outbreak of the Ebola virus. … The attack came in an area near the border of Uganda that is already beset with an outbreak of Ebola that health workers have struggled to contain because of a range of reasons, including violent attacks on treatment centers. A doctor who worked for the World Health Organization was killed on Friday in an attack on a hospital in Butembo, according to the organization and the town’s mayor, Sylvain Mbusa Kanyamanda…” (Wembi/Goldstein, 4/19).

Reuters: Militiamen kill senior WHO official in attack on Congo Ebola center
“…The outbreak is now spreading at its fastest rate since being declared last August, due largely to a spate of attacks by militiamen and others distrustful of the international response. … The series of attacks since February against Ebola treatment centers has hastened the spread of the virus and led some first responders to pull out of the area…” (Mahamba et al., 4/19).

Washington Times: Attackers kill Ebola worker in Democratic Republic of Congo: WHO
“…WHO said Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung, who is from Cameroon, died and two additional persons were injured at Butembo University Hospital. ‘We are outraged by this attack — health workers and health facilities must never be targets,’ said WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus. WHO said it is still gathering information on the nature of the attack, the latest in a series of violent incidents in the part of DRC that is battling the second-worst Ebola outbreak on record…” (Howell, 4/19).

Additional coverage of the attacks on Ebola treatment centers is available from Agence France-Presse, Associated Press, Axios, CIDRAP News, Deutsche Welle, U.N. News, and VOA News.