Congo Residents Attack Ebola Health Workers, Call Virus Fake
Staff of medical aid organization

Health workers tackling the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo have experienced attacks leading to injury by angry residents who believe the virus is not real.

Four local health workers from the Red Cross were attacked in the city of Butembo as they were transporting dead bodies for burial.

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Residents threw rocks at their car, leaving two of the health workers were severely injured.

More than 100 people have died since the start of the outbreak in the east of the country two months ago.

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.

New cases have also been reported in Tchoima, a busy fishing market town very close to the Ugandan border.