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Hundreds of Congolese refugees have crossed into Uganda in the days after the country’s troubled presidential election, a Red Cross official said, heightening the possible cross-border spread of Ebola.

The refugee influx started the day after Sunday’s election after the people resisted the efforts of Ugandan Health Officials, said Irene Nakasiita, spokeswoman for the Red Cross.

More than 600 Ebola cases have been reported with more than 360 confirmed deaths since August. The outbreak has been difficult to control amid the armed violence and community protest, the head of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

The outbreak of violence has been termed to be election-related as an estimated sum of 1 million voters were barred from the election. Protests followed with some people Ebola response facilities and some aid groups forced to suspend work for some days.

Tedros Adhanom, the head of World Health Organization said, “there is reason to be hopeful as the the outbreak would be brought under control as soon as possible”. He however warned of a possible increase in Ebola cases with the “prolonged insecurity”.

There have been reports of Ebola cases in the heavily travelled Ugandan border. However, Ugandan officials have been subjecting all passing through official border posts to a mandatory Ebola screening.

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