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DRC Ebola Outbreak Total Reaches 539; PBS NewsHour Examines Challenges To Response, Including Regional Violence

CIDRAP News: Ebola hits 539 cases as outreach efforts extend in Beni
“The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) ministry of health [Monday] and over the weekend confirmed 18 new Ebola cases, including nine deaths, in the ongoing outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the northwest. The new cases bring the outbreak total to 539, of which 491 are confirmed and 48 are probable. Officials have recorded 315 deaths since the outbreak began in August, and 75 cases are still under investigation…” (Soucheray, 12/17).

PBS NewsHour: Responding to Ebola in Congo is hard work, but made that much harder by violence
“Ebola has been reported in a number of locations in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, making the current outbreak the second worst in history. Getting medical care to the sick is complicated by ongoing violence. Nancy Aossey of International Medical Corps speaks with Nick Schifrin about prevention, treatment options, and why the health crisis is likely to get worse before it gets better…” (Schifrin, 12/17).