DRC, Rwanda Health Ministers Discuss Strengthening Ebola Prevention, Surveillance Efforts At Border; DRC Ebola Lead Muyembe Says Outbreak Can Be Controlled In 3-4 Months

Al Jazeera: Ebola: Rwanda bolsters DRC border restrictions
“The health ministers of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda are meeting on Tuesday to work out a plan to fight the latest Ebola outbreak. It is hoped the discussions will lead to the adoption of a joint strategy which can be presented to the World Health Organization…” (Dekker, 8/6).

Science: Ebola veteran promises an end to Congo’s epidemic
“Later this month, virologist Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will receive a prestigious award from Japanese Emperor Naruhito ‘for his research to confront Ebola and other deadly viruses and efforts to train legions of disease-fighters.’ … In 1976, at age 34, Muyembe was the first virologist ever to see an Ebola patient, and he has helped fight all nine of the outbreaks to strike his country since. … Speaking to Science on the phone from Goma, Muyembe says the outbreak can be brought under control in 3 to 4 months. ‘It is ambitious,’ he says. ‘But I think we can achieve it’…” (Kupferschmidt, 8/6).

Additional coverage of the DRC Ebola outbreak and response is available from the Associated Press and Xinhua News.

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