U.S. announces more than $38 million to contain Ebola outbreak

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A worker from the World Health Organization (WHO) decontaminates the doorway of a house on a plot where two cases of Ebola were found, in the village of Mabalako, in eastern Congo Monday, June 17, 2019. Health officials in eastern Congo have begun offering vaccinations to all residents in the hotspot of Mabalako whereas previous efforts had only targeted known contacts or those considered to be at high risk. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)

The U.S. Agency for International Development is providing more than $38 million in additional assistance to help end the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The $38 million includes $15 million in new funding to the World Health Organization.

This additional assistance brings the total USAID funding for the response to Ebola to more than $136 million since the beginning of the outbreak in August 2018.

The current outbreak of Ebola is the second largest ever recorded, according to USAID. As of July 22nd there are 2,592 confirmed and probable Ebola cases and at least 1,743 related deaths.

In addition, the United States is funding critical preparedness efforts in the neighboring countries of Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda.

Courtesy: USAID DRC Facebook Page

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