DRC President Calls On Population To Trust Health Care Workers In Ebola Outbreak; U.K. Development Secretary Urges Nations To ‘Step Up’ Financial Support

Associated Press: Congo’s leader sets Ebola outbreak end date after 800 deaths
“Congo’s president said Tuesday that he wants an Ebola virus outbreak that already has become the country’s second-deadliest contained in less than three months, although some health experts estimate it could take twice as long…” (Maliro, 4/16).

CIDRAP News: Studies find Ebola gene differences in recent DRC outbreaks
“[On Tuesday] The Lancet Infectious Diseases published two new studies that show how the response to the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been shaped by the lessons gleaned from the West African outbreak of the viral disease from 2013 to 2015…” (Soucheray, 4/16).

Reuters: Ebola is real, Congo president tells skeptical population
“Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi on Tuesday implored people in areas hit by the nation’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak to accept the disease is real and trust health workers…” (Mahamba et al., 4/16).

Reuters: Ebola survivors comfort sick and frightened in Congo outbreak
“…[D]ozens of survivors … are providing care — and much-needed human contact — to some of the littlest victims of the second-worst Ebola epidemic on record. Of the more than 1,150 confirmed and probable Ebola cases, 29% are children, according to figures from the World Health Organization. More than 800 people, including at least 248 under the age of 18, have died since the outbreak began in August…” (Al Katanty/Kelland, 4/17).

The Telegraph: World must ‘step up’ in the fight against an escalating Ebola outbreak
“The world needs to ‘step up’ its response to the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and turn messages of support into financial commitments, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has said. She added that it was in everyone’s interest to support efforts to contain the highly contagious disease, which is notoriously difficult to control…” (Newey, 4/16).

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