DRC Ebola Case Numbers Shrink But Violence Could Impact Reporting; U.S., U.K. Issue Travel Warnings For Tanzania Regarding Suspected Ebola Cases

CIDRAP News: WHO: 29 new Ebola cases in past week, down from 57 in week before
“According to the latest update from the World Health Organization (WHO), daily Ebola case counts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have dropped nearly by half in the past few weeks, but violent skirmishes may be obscuring more cases…” (Soucheray, 9/27).

DW: Ebola: What is the best vaccination strategy?
“An end to the Ebola epidemic is not in sight, Doctors Without Borders calls on the World Health Organization to adopt a new vaccination strategy. What is the dispute about?…” (Schmidt, 9/27).

Reuters: U.S. travel warning adds to pressure on Tanzania over suspected Ebola cases
“The United States has warned its citizens to take extra care when visiting Tanzania amid concerns over Ebola, adding to calls for the East African country to share information about suspected cases of the deadly disease there…” (Ng’wanakilala, 9/28).

STAT: U.S. and U.K. alert travelers to Tanzania about possible unreported Ebola cases
“The governments of the United States and the United Kingdom are alerting their citizens to the possibility that there may be unreported Ebola cases in Tanzania. … The moves will likely ratchet up pressure on the Tanzanian government, which has steadfastly denied having any Ebola cases. Though it has been asked by the World Health Organization to send out for external validation the tests it conducted on the dead doctor and several of her contacts who became sick as well, it has refused…” (Branswell, 9/27).

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