UN / DRC EBOLA UPDATE

15-Oct-2018 00:02:25
The World Health Organization expressed concern about the recent spike in violent incidents in Ebola-affected areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is making the response more difficult and increasing the risk of the outbreak spreading not only within the DRC, but also to neighbouring countries. Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the DRC, Leila Zerrougui, announced to staff that a UN colleague based in Beni had tested positive for Ebola and is now receiving the necessary medical treatment. UNIFEED / FILE
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STORY: UN / DRC EBOLA UPDATE
TRT: 02:25
SOURCE: UNIFEED / WHO
RESTRICTION: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE:15 OCTOBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

15 OCTOBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric at the podium
3. Med shot, reporters
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“The recent spike in violent incidents in Ebola-affected areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is making the response more difficult and increasing the risk of the outbreak spreading not only within the DRC, but also to neighbouring countries, with Rwanda and Uganda being particularly at risk. In recent weeks, armed attacks in and around Beni, in North Kivu Province, have severely affected both civilians and frontline workers, forcing the temporary suspension of the response and raising the risk that the virus will continue to spread. The agency reports it continues to work with all nine neighbouring countries to increase their preparedness. As of 11 October, a total of 205 Ebola cases – 170 confirmed and 35 probable – have been reported, and the outbreak resulted in the deaths of some 130 people. On Friday afternoon, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the DRC, Leila Zerrougui, announced to staff that a UN colleague based in Beni had tested positive for Ebola and is now receiving the necessary medical treatment. Medical staff report that the patient is feeling well and that his progress is satisfactory. Co-workers who have had contact with him will receive appropriate support and follow up. The UN’s emergency operations operation in Boikene in Beni was disinfected on 12 October, and some 100 people from MONUSCO and other parts of the UN, and as well as NGO partners, were voluntarily vaccinated at the center on the 13th of October. And vaccinations are continuing.”
5. Med shot, reporters
6. Wide shot, end of presser

27 AUGUST 2018, BENI, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

7. Various shots, town traffic
8. Various shots, health workers at ALIMA (the Alliance for International Medical Action) Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC)
9. Various shots, new therapeutic drugs
10. Various shots, health workers administering the therapeutics to a patient
STORYLINE
The World Health Organization expressed concern about the recent spike in violent incidents in Ebola-affected areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is making the response more difficult and increasing the risk of the outbreak spreading not only within the DRC, but also to neighbouring countries.

The Spokesperson for Secretary-General António Guterres today (15 Oct) told reporters that “in recent weeks, armed attacks in and around Beni, in North Kivu Province, have severely affected both civilians and frontline workers, forcing the temporary suspension of the response and raising the risk that the virus will continue to spread.”

As of 11 October, a total of 205 Ebola cases – 170 confirmed and 35 probable – have been reported, and the outbreak resulted in the deaths of some 130 people.

Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the DRC, Leila Zerrougui, on Friday (12 Oct) announced to staff that a UN colleague based in Beni had tested positive for Ebola and is now receiving the necessary medical treatment.
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