Aid to battle ebola in Congo

Germany pledges more money to support the fight against the ebola virus in Congo.

Aid to battle ebola in Congo
dpa

Berlin (dpa) - Germany is once again boosting its aid to support the fight against the ebola virus in Congo. Health Minister Jens Spahn has promised the World Health Organization (WHO) a further 1.9 million euros (2.2 million dollars), his ministry disclosed on Thursday. "The outbreak must be stopped," Spahn said. 

The money will go into an emergency fund of the WHO for implementing rapid counter-measures in the battle against the virus. With the new aid pledge, Germany's support this year has reached around 10 million euros.

The new Berlin pledge comes after an outbreak in the eastern part of Congo. The virus is one of the most dangerous in the world, causing high fever and often massive internal bleeding. In an epidemic in 2014 and 2015 more than 11,000 people died from the virus in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.