DURBAN - The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was worsening as trust in the response effort faltered, said the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
On Tuesday, 18 new Ebola cases were confirmed - the highest single day figure in the now eight month-long outbreak, said IFRC in a press statement issued on Thursday.
DRC's health ministry also reported that 10 died people from Ebola on Tuesday, including eight who died in their communities having not sought treatment and support.
“This is a very distressing development,” said Emanuele Capobianco, IFRC’s director of health and care.
“The bottom line is that Ebola is now spreading faster, and many people are no longer seeking care. It is clear that some vulnerable communities do not trust Ebola responders.”