Armed opposition attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province, which has been hit by the outbreak, have risen in recent weeks. The World Health Organization (WHO) has even been forced to evacuate the town of Beni, where the outbreak started, due to a deadly raid. Fears and misconceptions about the virus are also being exploited by politicians ahead of the DRC’s December election, which is causing the public to lose faith in health workers, according to Peter Salama, emergency response chief at the WHO.

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