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Additional Ebola Cases Recorded In DRC; U.S. Investments Critical To Stop Outbreak, Prevent Spread, Experts Testify During Senate Subcommittee Hearing

CIDRAP News: Eight more sickened in DRC’s Ebola outbreak
“An uptick in the rate of newly confirmed Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s outbreak continued [Tuesday], with the country’s health ministry reporting eight illnesses in four locations. In other outbreak developments, the World Health Organization (WHO) African regional office in a weekly report [Tuesday] noted two more infections in health workers, and though Katwa is still the hot spot, seven health zones that have reported recent cases are points of concern…” (Schnirring, 3/19).

Homeland Preparedness News: Senate hearing highlights value of Ebola investments White House proposal would cut
“The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo was the topic of a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee…, highlighting successes and failures in the fight against it. … Experts testified that U.S. investments in biomedical research and global health security have led to a vaccine administered to more than 87,000 people. It has also contributed to increased surveillance and preparedness efforts in neighboring nations, greatly reducing the risk of a pandemic — all things at risk if a White House budget proposal for 2020 passes…” (Galford, 3/19).