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Ebola Outbreak In Remote DRC Poses Challenges In Contact Tracing, Prevention Efforts, WHO Says

Associated Press: WHO: 400 contacts being traced in Congo’s Ebola outbreak
“Health workers are monitoring more than 400 people amid an Ebola outbreak in a remote corner of Congo where already three deaths have been blamed on the virus, the World Health Organization said Thursday…” (Larson, 5/18).

Reuters: Tackling Ebola outbreak in remote Congo presents huge challenge: WHO
“…In an update on an outbreak that officials believe began in late April, the United Nations health agency said there were two confirmed and 18 suspected cases of Ebola infection. Three people have died among the suspected and confirmed cases, including a 39-year-old man thought to be the first, or so-called ‘index’ case. Peter Salama, the WHO’s executive director for health emergencies, said the agency’s risk assessment on the outbreak was that it is high at a national level, medium at African regional level, and low at global level…” (Kelland, 5/18).

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