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WorldEbola disbelief widespread in Congo hotspots

14:20  28 march  2019
14:20  28 march  2019 Source:   bbc.com

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More than a quarter of people surveyed in Ebola -hit areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo told researchers they do not believe the disease exists. Some 36% of respondents also believed that the disease had been fabricated to destabilise the country. The authors of the study said this mistrust was

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Ebola disbelief widespread in Congo hotspots© AFP The current outbreak is the second-largest ever recorded

More than a quarter of people surveyed in Ebola-hit areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo told researchers they do not believe the disease exists.

Some 36% of respondents also believed that the disease had been fabricated to destabilise the country.

The authors of the study, published in the Lancet, said this mistrust was a factor in prolonging the epidemic.

The current outbreak started in August and more than 600 people have died, according to the health ministry.

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More than a quarter of people surveyed in Ebola -hit areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo told researchers they do not believe the disease exists. Some 36% of respondents also believed that the disease had been fabricated to destabilise the country.

More than 1,000 people have contracted the virus during the current outbreak, which is the second-largest ever recorded.

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The study surveyed 961 people in the central Congolese cities of Beni and Butembo.

The lead author, Patrick Vinck, from Harvard Medical School, said the mistrust was having a deep impact.

"This means people are not taking patients to an Ebola centre and not reporting the disease to professionals, which has a direct influence on the risk of transmission," he told AFP.

Fewer than two-thirds of people questioned in the survey said they would take a vaccine for Ebola.

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