More than 90 health workers infected with Ebola in the DRC

93 health workers were infected with the Ebola virus and thirty-four have died since the beginning of the epidemic last August.

The health staff had been the first target of the Ebola vaccination campaign, according to the authorities.

For Tariq Riebl, director of emergency response for the International Rescue Committee in Goma, eastern DRC, health workers is infected because many of them start taking care of suspected patients with little protection.

This is why he asks the workers concerned to exercise caution by using the appropriate protective equipment. In addition to their vulnerability, health workers are also victims of violence.

More than 90 health workers infected with Ebola in the DRC
©Getty/BBC – Health Staff trained in the use of Ebola protection equipment in the DRC.

This weakens the fight against the epidemic that has already killed more than 1,000 people with more than 1,500 confirmed cases.

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