Death Toll In DRC Ebola Outbreak Surpasses 500, Health Minister Says

Al Jazeera: Ebola death toll in DR Congo passes 500: Health ministry
“More than 500 people have died from the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but a vaccination program has prevented thousands more deaths, the country’s health minister said…” (2/9).

CBC Radio: ‘Whack-a-mole’ Ebola outbreak could morph from epidemic to endemic, says expert
“The sporadic nature of the Ebola outbreak in Congo is being caused in part by infected, armed combatants who are leaving the illness in their wake as they prowl the conflict-ravaged nation, according to one expert. ‘Since this epidemic first popped up … it has had a kind of whack-a-mole effect,’ said Laurie Garrett, a former senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations…” (Fenn/Birchard, 2/8).

CNN: Nearly 100 children dead from Ebola in DRC as crisis worsens
“Nearly 100 children have died since the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo started last year — and the crisis is gathering pace, with the number of new cases doubling last month, according to charity Save the Children…” (Picheta, 2/10).

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