The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo threatens to disappear from the country when refugees flee to Uganda.
Hundreds of people have crossed the border from the affected northeast of the DRC after a presidential election on Sunday.
Approximately one million people could not vote because of the risk of spreading the deadly virus.
Violence and protest broke out as a result and people are now going to Uganda for safety, but risks are taking Ebola, experts fear.
The concerns contribute to those about the virus that is transmitted by people traveling during the busy Christmas and New Year period.
The current outbreak of the Democratic Republic of Congo is the second worst in history, with at least 361 people murdered since the start in August – and the number of deaths is increasing.
A presidential election on Sunday led to protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo (photo & # 39; s, demonstrators in Kinshasa, the capital of the country). In the north-eastern province of North Kivu, where the Ebola outbreak is raging, people have fled to Uganda to escape violence
An official from the Red Cross yesterday expressed concern about the spread of the disease in Uganda, which has remained untouched until now.
And the World Health Organization urges a vaccine manufacturer to do more to control the spread.
Some Congolese people have been reduced to their own country after refusing medical tests at the Ugandan border, the Red Cross reported.
The influx of refugees started on Monday and there are dozens of people arriving, said Irene Nakasiita, a spokesperson for the Red Cross in Uganda.
Ebola relief centers were attacked during protests prior to the elections and the internet has now been cut off from the country, which has further influenced reaction efforts.
Since the elections, the violence has escalated, experts said, forcing people to leave their homes and some to flee to Uganda to run the risk.
Online access is limited to prevent people from speculating about election results on social media.
But the health ministry of DRC said that & technical problems & # 39; delayed the sending of the daily update on the Ebola outbreak.
The fear of eruption of the outbreak is not new – countries at the border with the DRC, including Uganda, are already very alert, because health experts said the virus is getting closer every day.
Civil servants from last month warned that thousands of people would travel across the border to visit family and buy food during the holidays, possibly with the virus.
At least 361 people would have died in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo – an unusual number of children died of the virus in the autumn when experts realized they were contracting a visit to medical centers
A woman cries next to the coffin of a child that supposedly died from Ebola in Beni, North Kivu – the outbreak that is expected to last at least another six months
Due to unrest and violence, the current Ebola outbreak is difficult to control because people have attacked and kidnapped health workers and others have fled their homes, making it difficult to monitor the spread of the virus (photo & # 39; s, police officers monitor a polling station in the capital of Kinshasa, which has remained unaffected by Ebola so far)
"The next month, with Christmas and New Year, will be crucial to what happens with this outbreak," Dr. Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, to MailOnline in December.
Approximately 600 cases have been reported in the Ebola outbreak and deaths have increased in recent months.
About a third of all people who died – 125 of the 361 – did so between 24 November and 28 December.
The outbreak was difficult to control because of armed violence and community protests.
And the violence has increased & # 39; in intensity and frequency & # 39 ;, said the head of the WHO Wednesday.
Ebola (photo) is a virus spread through contact with the body fluids of an infected person and can still spread after death
And yet there is reason to be hopeful & # 39; and the outbreak will be brought under control as quickly as possible, said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Some of the Ebola cases in this outbreak have been reported close to the heavily traveled border with Uganda.
For months, Ugandan officials have carried out a screening for everyone who walked past official border posts.
The Ebola virus is spread by direct contact with the fluids of an infected person.
More than 50,000 people have received an experimental vaccine.
Dr. Ghebreyesus said that enough doses of the vaccine were available, but at the same time we already asked the supplier to produce more. & # 39;
There were several concerns about spreading the virus when 24 patients escaped from a medical center last week.
Two dozen potentially infectious people broke out of a center in Beni, in the northeast of the African country, when it was attacked by demonstrators.
The patients who escaped were detained in a camp with presumably Ebola but were not yet confirmed.
Demonstrators attacked the camp after elections scheduled for Sunday, December 23, were postponed due to the fear of violence and the Ebola outbreak.
& # 39; Of 24 patients, 17 had tested negative once (for Ebola). They had to be tested again before they were fired, "said a spokesperson for the health ministry of the DRC last week.
& # 39; Four of them went home. Three other suspicious cases were too serious to flee. & # 39;
But some protesters went into polluted areas of the camp, according to a relief worker, which offered more opportunities for the spread of the virus.
WHAT IS EBOLA AND HOW IS THIS DEADLY?
Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever, killed at least 11,000 around the world after it decimated West Africa and spread rapidly over the course of two years.
That epidemic was officially proclaimed in January 2016, when Liberia was announced by the WHO as Ebola-free.
The country, startled by the civil wars from beginning to end, which ended in 2003, was the worst hit by the fever, with 40 percent of the deaths taking place there.
Sierra Leone reported the highest number of Ebola cases, with nearly all infected residents of the nation.
WHERE IS IT BEGAN?
An analysis, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found the outbreak began in Guinea – those neighbors Liberia and Sierra Leone.
A team of international researchers could reduce the epidemic to a two year old boy in Meliandou – about 400 miles (650 km) from the capital, Conakry.
Emile Ouamouno, better known as Patient Zero, may have suffered the deadly virus by playing with bats in a hollow tree, a study suggested.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE STRUCK DOWN?
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The figures show that almost 29,000 people are infected by Ebola – which means that the virus killed about 40 percent of those affected.
Cases and deaths were also reported in Nigeria, Mali and the US – but on a much smaller scale, with 15 deaths between the three nations.
Health officials in Guinea reported a mysterious bug in the southeastern region of the country before the WHO confirmed that it was Ebola.
Ebola was first identified by scientists in 1976, but the most recent outbreak augmented all other figures recorded in history.
HOW MAN MANAGED THE VIRUS?
Scientists believe that Ebola is usually passed on to humans by bats, but antelopes, porcupines, gorillas, and chimpanzees can also be blamed.
It can be transmitted between people through blood, secretions and other body fluids of people – and surfaces – that are infected.
IS THERE A TREATMENT?
The WHO warns that there is no "proven treatment & # 39; is for Ebola – but dozens of drugs and pricks are being tested in the event of a similarly devastating eruption.
There is hope, however, after an experimental vaccine, called rVSV-ZEBOV, protected almost 6,000 people. The results were published in the The Lancet magazine.