DRC Ebola Outbreak Treatment, Prevention Efforts Hindered By Violence, Increasing Risk Of Disease Spread, WHO Warns

VOA News: Ebola Outbreak Could Spiral Beyond DRC, WHO Warns
“Armed attacks, misinformation, and a growing funding gap continue to impede the response to the Ebola outbreak in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, with the World Health Organization warning that the situation could spiral out of control. Insecurity leaves response teams ‘unable to perform robust surveillance nor deliver much needed treatment and immunizations,’ the WHO reported Friday in its latest update on the outbreak confirmed last August. The health organization warned that ‘without commitment from all groups to cease these attacks, it is unlikely that this EVD [Ebola virus disease] outbreak can remain successfully contained in North Kivu and Ituri provinces.’ The disease could spill into other parts of the country and across the borders of neighboring Uganda, Rwanda, and South Sudan, the health organization suggested…” (Guensburg et al., 5/10).

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