Four Ebola patients escaped after a Médecins sans Frontières clinic in eastern Congo was attacked by unknown assailants, the Ministry of Health said Thursday.
"Four patients confirmed the presence of the deadly virus that had fled during the attack and are still missing," said the ministry, as well as other suspects to have been infected.
The ministry said the attack was the second of a health clinic in a matter of days, as humanitarian agencies and the government struggled to contain the virus in an area of militia and mistrust of the population.
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To date, 553 people have died of Ebola during the outbreak in eastern Congo, which began shortly after the country's government declared a new outbreak in June. in the west of the country.
Authorities and aid groups are struggling to do their job in the dangerous eastern region where many militias operate, most fighting for the rich natural resources of the Central African country.
According to the Ministry of Health, more than 84,000 people have been vaccinated against the virus since August.
Ebola is a highly infectious disease that causes fever and often leads to massive internal bleeding and death.
(dpa / NAN)