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if I less outbreak in the Congo has taken an unusually heavy toll on children this is the country's second largest epidemic on record more than a quarter of confirmed and probable cases as of April were in children under fifteen that's compared to eighteen percent in the last major outbreak in West Africa from twenty fourteen to twenty sixteen according to the World Health Organization it by law is spread through bodily fluids children and babies are less equipped to cope with its extreme symptoms which include diarrhea vomiting fever I'm bleeding needing to extreme fluid loss the disease also has crippling effects on the immune system and shuts down vital organs , when we arrived at the hospital the talks even touched him the child already died in my hands it was the next morning that the results came out and they notified us that the child , experts say women and children often visit health facilities that don't always follow cross contamination guidelines malaria has also been prevalent in some areas adding huge pressure to health services this marks the Congress tempted by the epidemic this is the first in a densely populated provinces of north key value added to re militias have been carrying out sporadic raids from hidden strongholds in the tropical forest here women and children are often the first to be displaced by the bloodshed