DRC’s Experience With Ebola Helped It Quash Outbreak, Unlike West African Nations With No Ebola History
NBC News: A Tale of Two Outbreaks: Why Congo Conquered Ebola
“Two outbreaks, two entirely different outcomes. The World Health Organization has declared an outbreak of Ebola over in the Democratic Republic of Congo after just 66 cases and 49 deaths. It lasted three months. Yet the epidemic in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea’s been going for nine months, with more than 15,000 cases, 5,000 deaths and no end in sight. What’s the difference? Experts say experience matters — it was the seventh outbreak in the former Zaire. But equally important is the fact that the village where it started was extremely remote, and the country has a rudimentary system of health care workers who know to look out for Ebola…” (Fox, 11/24).