The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) ministry of health yesterday reported an attack on a burial team working in Butembo, noting that police were slightly injured in the encounter.

This is the third attack in the past few days on safe and dignified burial teams working in North Kivu and Ituri provinces during the world’s second largest Ebola outbreak in history.

Outbreak total climbs to 1,847

In addition to the attack on the burial team, officials in the DRC said another health worker in Mabalako — vaccinated less than 10 days ago — is among newly confirmed cases. This raises the total number of health workers infected during the outbreak to 103, including 34 deaths.

Officials will likely confirm 21 new cases of Ebola today, raising outbreak total to 1,847. As of yesterday, there were 1,218 deaths in this outbreak, and another 245 suspected cases still under investigation.

Recent cases are still occurring in virus hotspots, including Katwa, Mabalako, Kalunguta, Beni, and Butembo.

Credit: CDC

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See also:

May 20 DRC report

WHO online Ebola dashboard

May 19 WHO regional bulletin