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Advances In Ebola Treatment Helping To Contain Virus, But Challenges Remain In Conflict-Hit DRC

Associated Press: In Congo, a new and less isolating Ebola treatment center
“…[O]ne aid group for the first time is treating confirmed Ebola victims in what is called the CUBE, individual biosecure units used in emergencies involving highly infectious diseases. ALIMA (The Alliance For International Medical Action) runs the 18-bed center in Beni…” (Maliro, 9/10).

CIDRAP News: Another Ebola case detected outside DRC’s main hot spots
“Signaling another extension of Ebola outside the main hot spots, a case has been detected in a village in Masereka health zone not far from the urban center of Butembo. The case involves a health worker from Beni who refused follow-up and vaccination after potential exposure, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) health ministry said [Sept. 6]…” (Schnirring, 9/7).

Reuters: Ebola fight has new science but faces old hurdles in restive Congo
“…The stakes are high, not just for health reasons. Ebola could complicate Congo’s first democratic change of power, the holding of a Dec. 23 election to replace President Joseph Kabila that is already two years late…” (Mahamba et al., 9/10).