UN demands immediate halt to attacks in Ebola areas in Congo

Published 10-30-2018

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling for an immediate halt to attacks by armed groups in Congo that are jeopardizing the response to the Ebola outbreak.

A resolution adopted Tuesday said the security situation in the areas affected by the Ebola outbreak "is severely hampering the response efforts and facilitating the spread of the virus" in Congo and the region.

The Security Council expressed "great concern about the potential for the virus to spread into Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi."

Congo's health ministry said last week that teams responding to the Ebola outbreak are being attacked three or four times a week on average.

The ministry has reported 239 confirmed cases and 35 probable cases as of Monday. At least 120 people have died.

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