Ebola Team Driver Severely Injured In Attack; DRC Struggles With Security, Resistance In Efforts To Contain Outbreak

Associated Press: Driver with Ebola team severely injured by mob
“A driver working with an Ebola response team is in critical condition after angry crowds hurled rocks at him and set his vehicle on fire. Monday’s attack in Beni is the latest against health workers trying to combat the virus that has killed more than 1,500 people in eastern Congo since the outbreak began last August…” (6/24).

The Guardian: ‘Most complex health crisis in history’: Congo struggles to contain Ebola
“…Following two deaths across the border in Uganda two weeks ago, officials admit they are struggling to identify and track cases around the north-eastern city of Butembo, particularly in countryside dominated by the Mai Mai militia and where a highly mobile population mean cases continue to emerge. … Centered on three locations in North Kivu — Beni, Mangina, and Butembo — the response led by the World Health Organization and DRC’s ministry of health faces political security and cultural complexities. Among them is widespread resistance to the idea that Ebola exists, a conspiracy fueled by some political candidates in last year’s national elections…” (Beaumont, 6/25).

Additional coverage of the DRC Ebola outbreak is available from CIDRAP News and Healio.

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