Ebola Spreads To Major City In Eastern Congo; Health Workers Respond To Outbreak Amid War Zone

Associated Press: Ebola spreads to major Congo city as vaccines a concern
“The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in eastern Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to the demands of an epidemic with no end in sight. Butembo, with more than one million residents, is now reporting cases of the deadly hemorrhagic fever. That complicates Ebola containment work already challenged by rebel attacks elsewhere that have made tracking the virus almost impossible in some isolated villages…” (Petesch/Anna, 12/7).

Washington Post: ‘Like a horror film’: The efforts to contain Ebola in a war zone
“…This is the first Ebola outbreak during which health workers have had to regularly don bulletproof helmets and vests. To reach at least 20 percent of Ebola-affected areas, health workers need armed police or U.N. escorts, said Michel Yao, WHO’s response coordinator in Beni. The U.S. government withdrew its only personnel in the region in late August and has no plans to redeploy them. The WHO has 300 specialists from around the world in North Kivu. Those on the ground describe a chaotic effort to either negotiate with or simply avoid the region’s various militias…” (Bearak, 12/7).

Additional coverage of the Ebola outbreak in Congo is available from Becker’s Hospital Review, CIDRAP News, and VOA News.