Ebola Outbreak In DRC Beginning To Slow, WHO DG Says, Warns Of Complacency; WHO Continues To Seek Information On Suspected Tanzania Cases

CIDRAP News: Ebola cases continue slow rise as security problems persist
“The number of Ebola cases continues to slowly rise in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) outbreak, with four more cases reported [Wednesday], as global health officials released their latest overview of needs to prevent more spread to the DRC’s neighbors through the end of the year. In other developments, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest detailed situation report [Tuesday] that pockets of insecurity continue to hamper the response…” (Schnirring, 9/25).

U.N. News: Signs DR Congo Ebola outbreak finally ‘on the retreat’ but risk of international spread, ‘still high’
“The second worst Ebola outbreak in history is ‘on the retreat’ said the U.N.’s health agency chief on Wednesday, warning however that there is no room for complacency, with dozens of new cases each week still being recorded in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). ‘It’s not over, until it’s over’ said Tedros Adhanom Gheybreyesus, speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, after a meeting co-hosted by WHO and the DRC Government, on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly, bringing together regional ministers for health, on Ebola preparedness and response…” (9/25).

Wall Street Journal: WHO Seeks Answers on Suspected Ebola in Tanzania
“More than a year into a deadly Ebola epidemic in Congo, international public health officials suspect the government of neighboring Tanzania is hiding a spate of cases of the virus. … If Ebola has reached Tanzania, it would mark a serious new stage in the epidemic. … Tanzania has never dealt with Ebola before and deliberate efforts to conceal patients would slow measures that have been effective in containing outbreaks…” (McKay/Bariyo, 9/25).

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