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Health Officials Express Concern Ebola Outbreak In DRC Could Spill Across Borders

CIDRAP News: DRC reports 4 more Ebola cases over the weekend
“The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) health ministry reported four more Ebola cases Sep. 29 and [Sep. 30], three of them confirmed, and noted that two involved circumstances known to spread the disease: delayed treatment and unsafe burial. All of the cases are from the most recent disease hot spots, Beni, which has experienced civil unrest and community resistance, and Butembo, a large city near the Uganda border…” (Schnirring, 10/1).

STAT: Officials fear Ebola epidemic may be spinning beyond their control, threatening regional spread
“Public health officials are expressing deepening concern that the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo may be spinning beyond their control and could soon spill over into neighboring countries including Uganda and Rwanda. With Ebola response teams facing restrictions on their movements in a conflict zone, officials fear containment efforts are falling further behind the virus…” (Branswell, 10/2).

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