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Violence, Rumors Continue To Hinder DRC Ebola Response; U.K. To Send Additional Funding, Personnel As Outbreak Grows

New York Times: Fighting Ebola When Mourners Fight the Responders
“…Efforts to combat the epidemic have been hobbled by attacks on treatment centers and health workers; deep suspicion of the national government, which is managing the eradication efforts; and growing mistrust of the international medical experts who have struggled to steer patients into the treatment centers, according to interviews with dozens of family members, politicians, doctors, and health workers in recent weeks…” (Goldstein, 5/19).

The Telegraph: U.K. scrambles to boost aid as Congo’s Ebola crisis ‘spirals dangerously out of control’
“The [U.K.] government is to send new funding and expert personnel to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) amid fears the rapidly escalating Ebola crisis there is spiraling out of control and could spread into neighboring countries. The International Development Secretary Rory Stewart will tell the Commons on Monday that the crisis in DRC is at a ‘tipping point’ and call on others to follow Britain’s lead and pledge further expertise and support…” (Newey, 5/20).

Additional coverage of the DRC Ebola outbreak and response is available from Deutsche Welle and VOA News.