DRC Ebola Case Confirmed Near South Sudan Border; Los Angeles Times Examines International Response To Outbreak

Associated Press: Ebola case reported not far from South Sudan border
“Authorities have confirmed an Ebola case not far from Congo’s border with South Sudan, a country with a weak health care system after years of civil war that is vulnerable to the potential spread of the deadly disease…” (Mednick/Larson, 7/2).

Los Angeles Times: As Ebola outbreak rages, the world just watches. Some call it ‘malignant neglect’
“…When [the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak ended], world leaders took a solemn vow: Never again. Health officials studied the failures of their sluggish and haphazard response so they would recognize the warning signs of a crisis not to be ignored. That crisis is now here. Yet with Ebola spreading eastward into Uganda, epidemiologists and aid groups are dismayed by the many indications that the pledge has been forgotten. … This time, the U.S. and other key global powers are mostly watching from the sidelines. On Tuesday, the U.S. Agency for International Development said it would contribute ‘more than $98 million’ to the response in Congo, though the specifics have yet to be announced…” (Baumgaertner, 7/2).

Additional coverage of the DRC Ebola outbreak and response is available from CIDRAP News, New Humanitarian (2), and Xinhua News.

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