Cameroonian doctor killed in Ebola zone

Ebola zone
Ebola zone

Attacks on a hospital at the epicentre of Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak have killed a Cameroonian doctor and injured several others, the local mayor said on Friday.

Two separateattacks on Thursday and Friday targeted the hospital in the city of Butembo,one of the locations where the second-largest Ebola epidemic in history isspreading at its fastest rate since being declared last August, said MayorSylvain Kanyamanda.

World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus confirmed on Twitter that one person had died and others had been injured at the hospital. He did not identify the deceased.

"This is avery sad day," Tedros wrote. "Health workers are working around theclock to save lives. Health workers are #NotATarget."

It was notimmediately clear who was behind the attacks or whether there were any Ebolapatients inside the hospital.

A spate of attacks hashit Ebola treatment centres since February, hastening the spread of the virus.The assailants have mostly been unidentified but are believed to comprise bothmembers of local militia and community members who distrust the responseefforts.

The Ebola outbreakin eastern Congo's North Kivu and Ituri provinces is believed to have killed843 people and infected over 450 more so far. 

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