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American Ebola Survivor Calls For More U.S., International Effort To End DRC Ebola Outbreak; U.N. Security Council Recognizes Need To End Violence Hampering Response

Associated Press: Former Ebola patient calls attention to current outbreak
“As the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history rages in Congo, a doctor who survived the deadly disease five years ago worries that people aren’t paying enough attention. ‘We need the United States government and the international community to step up in a bigger way to come to the assistance of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo to help bring an end to that outbreak before more lives are lost,’ Dr. Kent Brantly told reporters Friday…” (Harris, 8/2).

BBC News: Half of Ebola cases in DR Congo ‘unidentified’
“Only about 50% of cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo are being identified, the government’s response coordinator has said. Jean-Jacques Muyembe warned that the current deadly outbreak could last up to three years…” (8/2).

CIDRAP News: Ebola reports show more health workers infected
“[Thursday] the Democratic of the Congo (DRC) resumed publishing daily reports on the country’s ongoing Ebola outbreak, adding more details about the response in Goma and noting that 149 health workers have now been infected with the deadly virus…” (Soucheray, 8/2).

U.N. News: Security Council gravely concerned by Ebola outbreak in DR Congo, demands immediate end to violence hampering response
“The U.N. Security Council on Friday expressed grave concern about the current Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and stressed the urgency of broad cooperation in the response, as ‘the disease could spread rapidly, including to neighboring countries, possibly having serious humanitarian consequences and impacting regional stability.’ In a statement presented by Jacek Czaputowicz, foreign minister of Poland, which holds the Council’s presidency for the month of August, the 15-member body emphasized the need for continued cooperation and coordination with the DRC government to address the Ebola outbreak, as well as with the States in the region…” (8/2).

Additional coverage of the DRC Ebola outbreak and response is available from Agence France-Presse (2), Al Jazeera, Associated Press, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, BBC News, Bloomberg, The BMJ, Devex, France 24, Health Policy Watch, New Humanitarian, PBS, Reuters (2), TIME, and Xinhua News.