Residents in DRC reject Ebola claim, attack health workers

Health workers tackling an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have been severely injured after being attacked by angry residents, who believe the virus is not real. More than 100 people,
have died since the start of the outbreak in the east of the country two months ago.

Four local health workers from the Red Cross, were attacked this week, in the city of Butembo, as they were transporting dead bodies for burial. Residents started throwing rocks at their car and two of the
health workers were severely injured.

The bodies of people, who die from Ebola, are believed to be extremely contagious and so burying them in a safe way is one of the most important steps to limit the spread of the virus. Butembo is the second biggest cluster of new suspected Ebola cases after Beni, another large city in the region.

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