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Health Officials Report Additional Cases In DRC Ebola Outbreak, Now Nation’s 3rd Largest

CIDRAP News: DRC records 17 new Ebola cases in nation’s 3rd-largest outbreak
“Over the weekend and [Monday], officials recorded 17 more cases of Ebola and 10 more deaths in the ongoing outbreak in the far eastern reaches of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). … The current outbreak, the country’s 10th, is now the DRC’s third largest, following the 1976 outbreak in Yambuku (318 cases) and 1995’s outbreak in Kikwit (315 cases). The outbreak is now the world’s sixth largest since Ebola was first recorded in 1976…” (Soucheray, 10/29).

Homeland Preparedness News: Armed rebellion impedes Democratic Republic of the Congo’s response to Ebola outbreak
“Continued attacks by rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is keeping health officials from combating the spread of an Ebola outbreak in the affected areas. … Because the risk of spread remains high, WHO reports [it] has no plan to reduce its more than 250 person response team. They are calling for enhanced efforts to prepare in areas adjacent to those infected, allowing for rapid detection, investigation, and response…” (Galford, 10/29).

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