U.S. Sen. Menendez Introduces Ebola Eradication Act Of 2019, Calls For More U.S. Effort To Stem DRC Outbreak

Homeland Preparedness News: Sen. Menendez criticizes Trump Administration’s failure to sufficiently respond to DRC Ebola outbreak
“As he called for immediate action to eradicate a major outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last week, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) also denounced the Trump administration for its failures to combat the growing crisis adequately. … Under the Ebola Eradication Act of 2019, introduced by Menendez, the United States would be required to provide all available tools and resources to the containment effort and bolster efforts to confront the outbreak…” (Galford, 8/5).

Reuters: Ebola outbreak in east Congo’s main city tests flexibility of response
“…Goma has had time to get ready for Ebola, given a nearly year-long head start as the disease raged near the cities of Beni and Butembo. … Still, there are shortcomings in the preparations, and medics are encountering some of the same suspicion and hostility they have faced in other outbreak hotspots. … Whether health authorities can successfully apply lessons from those hotspots will go a long way toward determining if they can claim an important victory in Goma or if, instead, the epidemic will hurtle toward the grim record of more than 11,300 deaths registered by West Africa’s 2014-16 Ebola outbreak…” (Ross, 8/6).

Additional coverage of the DRC Ebola outbreak and response is available from Devex, Reuters, VOA News, and Xinhua News.

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