Ebola centre closed after attack

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By Lorlornyofm February 27, 2019 07:36

Ebola centre closed after attack

Burial teams have been stoned in the past by people who don’t trust the Ebola workersImage caption: Burial teams have been stoned in the past by people who don’t trust the Ebola workers

The medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says it has shut down an Ebola treatment centre that was attacked and set on fire on Sunday night.

A relative of a patient died while trying to escape after suspected rebels attacked the centre at Katwa in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

MSF says the Ebola treatment centre was partially burnt and is now unusable after stones were thrown at it, and parts of the structure were set on on fire.

The mayor of Butembo told the BBC that they suspect the attackers were thought to be local militias but the motive is unknown.

This deals a major blow to efforts to control the outbreak.

The area is the new epicentre of the country’s biggest and most complex outbreak of Ebola.

Nearly 550 people have died and hundreds more have been infected since last July.Article share tools.

BBC

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