Number Of Ebola Cases In DRC Hits 2K; Aid Agencies Warn Outbreak Continues To Evade Control Due To Violence, Mistrust

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“[Monday] the Ebola case count in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [likely surpassed] 2,000 cases, a new milestone ushered in by heavy transmission in May, by a good measure the most active month in this outbreak. Over the weekend, the ministry of health in the DRC recorded 20 new cases of the virus, and reports on Twitter suggest the ministry will announce 14 more cases [Monday]. If confirmed, the cases will raise the outbreak total to 2,008 cases…” (Soucheray, 6/3).

CNN: Almost 2,000 Ebola cases confirmed in DR Congo as crisis worsens
“…Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) said sporadic violence by armed militias, limited health care resources and difficult-to-access locations meant this outbreak was taking place in one of the ‘most challenging circumstances ever confronted by WHO’…” (Hauser/Hunt, 6/4).

The Guardian: DRC Ebola cases pass 2,000, prompting call for ‘total reset’
“…Aid agencies, infectious disease experts, and the WHO say it will be very hard to bring this outbreak under control, even though they have had vaccines and experimental drugs from the outset…” (Burke, 6/4).

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