Health Care Workers In DRC Ebola Outbreak Continue To Face Attacks; Experimental Vaccine Shows Success

STAT: The data are clear: Ebola vaccine shows ‘very impressive’ performance in outbreak
“The experimental Ebola vaccine being used to try to contain the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is protective 97.5% of the time, according to new data released by the World Health Organization on Friday. The data — the first to be released on how the vaccine is working in the outbreak — suggest a ‘very impressive’ performance by the vaccine, said Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy, who reviewed the report for STAT…” (Branswell, 4/12).

Wall Street Journal: In New Ebola Outbreak, Health Care Workers Come Under Attack
“…Ebola is on the rise in Congo’s mineral-rich borderlands, killing 803 people and infecting 1,251 over the past nine months. Stopping the spread of the disease has become a formidable challenge. Health care workers have found themselves deliberately targeted — both by militias that have ravaged the area for nearly 25 years and by locals who think they’re part of a Western plot. … Many locals don’t understand why Ebola is attracting so much attention and resources when hundreds die each year of more common illnesses such as malaria or diarrhea…” (Steers et al., 4/14).

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