The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) top official today said he was “profoundly worried” about the rising threat of Ebola spreading to other parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and to neighboring countries, as the country’s health ministry today reported 23 new cases.

On Twitter, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said most operations have resumed in the wake of the most recent attacks, but the disruptions and a testing backlog will lead to a rise in the number of cases reported over the coming days.

Since the current outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces began in August, several violent incidents, some with resulting community protest, have disrupted the outbreak response and triggered spikes in new cases.

“When we cannot reach people, they do not get the chance to be vaccinated or to receive treatments if they fall ill. The tragedy is that we have the technical means to stop Ebola, but until all parties halt attacks on the response, it will be very difficult to end this outbreak,” Tedros said.

He also said major surge in political and financial support from all national and international groups is urgently needed to help stop the outbreak.

Credit: CDC

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