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Assailants attacked an Ebola treatment center in Congo — again. It’s a major setback.

Published: April 20, 2019
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Source: vox.com

An attack on a hospital at the epicenter of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Friday has left at least one health worker dead and others injured, according to the World Health Organization’s director general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“We are outraged by the attack,” Dr. Tedros, as he’s known, said on Twitter.

The attack occurred at a hospital in Butembo, one of the hotspots in an outbreak that’s been ongoing since last August. At least 1,200 people have contracted the virus and 830 have died.

It’s the first known Ebola epidemic in a war zone (DRC’s eastern North Kivu and Ituri provinces) — and now the second-largest in history. But several attacks on aid workers have set the response back.

In March, an Ebola treatment center that shut down in response to an arson attack weeks earlier was again stormed by armed assailants, leaving one police officer dead, health workers injured, and patients fearful for their safety, according to the Associated Press.

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