DRC : Ebola outbreak spreads to high security risk zone

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United Nations investigators identified 59 burial sites in two of the attacked towns and more may be discovered, the mission said.

A dispute linked to a tribal chief's burial is seen as a catalyst for the fighting between the Banunu and Batende communities.

"More than 40 other individual graves [were] unearthed, following the joint fact-finding mission that was conducted along with local authorities", the United Nations statement said, adding that almost 16,000 people fled Yumbi and its adjoining areas following the clashes.

It also informed that 967 properties, including churches, schools and health centers were looted or destroyed, and at least 363 boats were destroyed.

According to World Health Organization which has deployed more than 30 staff members to support these activities, the vaccine offers protection against the Zaire strain of the virus, which is the one affecting DRC at present. Voters in Yumbi were unable to cast their votes, as the Electoral Commission building was among those totally destroyed.

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We pay tribute to the many dedicated men and women from across the African region and beyond for their work towards ending the Ebola outbreak in the DRC.

The UN mission- MONUSCO - called for a "thorough investigation" into the massacre.

Kinshasa, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the second largest outbreak of the virus in history, after the epidemic that affected West Africa from 2014 to 2016.

UNICEF is scaling up its response to help victims and control the spread of the disease.

According to health ministry, Ebola virus disease transmission in DRC continues in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, adding that Butembo and Katwa are the current hot spots and represent 65 percent of new confirmed cases in the past 21 days.

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