'The latest outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo is still a long way from being brought under control, a senior World Health Organization official has said.
In an interview with the Telegraph, Peter Salama, WHO's deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response, said that in the original epicentres of the disease – around the towns of Mangina and Beni in the north east of the country – there were "promising signs" that the disease was coming under control.
But in the city of Butembo – where there have been four cases – the situation was less certain.
“Until we have traced every contact we cannot say for certain that the disease is under control,” he said.
The latest figures from WHO show that there have been 133 cases of the disease, including 91 deaths – making it the eighth largest Ebola outbreak in history.
The outbreak has been ongoing since the beginning of August in the north east of the country, where a number of militant groups operate and security is poor.
The Nord-Kivu and Ituri provinces of DRC, where the outbreak is occurring, are among the country's most densely populated areas with a combined population of around 11 million.
The area borders both Rwanda and Uganda and, because of the poor security situation, there is a constant flow of refugees out of the country.
Working in an area where security is such a concern has complicated the response, said Dr Salama. All responders have had to undergo security training and they are sent out with radios so staff at base can keep track of them.'
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