Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of the Congo, May 22, 2018 / 02:01 am
After 26 confirmed deaths have been attributed to the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Catholic Relief Services has been working to combat the deadly outbreak through educational and financial assistance.
"CRS is helping contain the Ebola outbreak by supporting our local Caritas partners in the affected region," said Katherine Overcamp, head of programs for CRS in DRC, who is based in Kinshasa.
"Staff and volunteers are promoting accurate and timely information that helps people to take precautions and reduce their risk of contracting or transmitting the virus," Overcamp told CNA.
The first case of Ebola in the nation was reported May 8 in rural areas of Equateur province near the town of Bikoro. The virus has since spread to Mbandaka, the provincial capital, which lies on the Congo River upstream of Kinshasa, the Congolese capital.