Violence, Shrinking Vaccine Supply Complicate Ebola Response In Congo, Surrounding Nations

CIDRAP News: Rebels strike again near Beni as DRC Ebola total hits 477
“A pair of violent attacks that resulted in civilian deaths were reported [last week] in Beni, one of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) main Ebola hot spots, as six more cases were reported in the ongoing outbreak. … The developments lift the overall outbreak total to 477 cases, 429 of them confirmed and 48 listed as probable. The fatality count has risen to 275. Health officials are still investigating 94 suspected Ebola cases…” (Schnirring, 12/7).

The Hill: Congo’s Ebola epidemic spreads to larger city
“Public health officials are sounding new warnings about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in an eastern province of Congo as cases pop up in a city of more than a million people and as stockpiles of a lifesaving vaccine dwindle…” (Wilson, 12/7).

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