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CDC Director Says He Argued To Keep U.S. Experts In DRC Ebola Zone; More Cases Reported In Beni

CIDRAP News: Ebola cases in Beni top 100 as 6 more cases reported
“Medical teams have confirmed Ebola in six more people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) outbreak, all from the hot spot in Beni where violence over the weekend has slowed vaccination activities, the country’s health ministry said [Tuesday]. Also, the World Health Organization (WHO) detailed renewed concerns about fresh violence undermining the response and the increasing numbers of Ebola infections in children…” (Schnirring, 10/23).

STAT: CDC director says he pushed to keep U.S. experts in Ebola zone but was overruled
“The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that he argued that American experts should stay in the outbreak zone of the latest Ebola epidemic but was overridden by others in the Trump administration because of security concerns. ‘Those decisions are security decisions that really are outside the realm of my public health expertise,’ said the director, Robert Redfield, who said he made a case to the Department of Health and Human Services about why public health experts should remain in the outbreak area but that, at the end of the day, his argument didn’t win out…” (Swetlitz, 10/23).