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Advancements In Ebola Response Seen In DRC Outbreak, But More Must Be Done To Improve Reaction Time, Funding, Experts Say

Thomson Reuters Foundation: New Ebola cases may show effect of improved alerts, global official says
“The rapid reaction by the Democratic Republic of Congo to recent cases of Ebola showed lessons were learned from earlier outbreaks, a top global health official said on Friday, stressing the need to factor health into disaster risk plans. … With the improved activation of early alert systems and emergency teams in Congo, ‘hopefully we will not get into a full-blown outbreak like it was a few years before,’ the secretary general of the International Red Cross and Red Cross Societies told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview…” (Hares, 5/27).

Wall Street Journal: Are We Now Ready for Ebola?
“The deadly Ebola virus is back, and the world is responding more aggressively this time. But it’s still not as prepared as it needs to be to thwart deadly infectious disease threats, despite the hard lessons of the last epidemic. … Only two [people] have been confirmed with Ebola, and at least three more who died likely had the disease. Still, it took more than two weeks for word of the outbreak to make its way to health authorities who could muster the means to stop it — a tragic reminder of how dangerous microbes thrive in places with poor health systems…” (McKay/Bariyo, 5/26).

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