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Congo Ebola center in flames after another armed attack

Congo Ebola center in flames after another armed attack

Dozens of armed militia also regularly attack civilians and security forces in eastern Congo's borderlands with Uganda and Rwanda, which has significantly hampered the response to the disease.

Four patients with Ebola escaped a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) clinic in eastern Congo after it was attacked by unknown assailants, according to the ministry of health.

Doctors Without Borders and World Health Organization reported that all staff had been accounted for following the February 24 attack in Katwa and a 27 February attack in Butembo.

Doctors Without Borders, which runs the treatment center, says it is focusing on the safety of staff and patients.

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"At the time of the attack, there were 57 patients admitted in the treatment centre, which was run alongside the Ministry of Health; 15 of the patients were confirmed to have Ebola". On Sunday unidentified assailants set fire to a treatment centre in the nearby town of Katwa, killing a nurse.

Health workers in eastern Congo have struggled to win the trust of residents amid attacks by armed groups vying for control of the mineral-rich region.

The largest Ebola outbreak to date killed more than 11,000 people in the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone between December 2013 and April 2016.