Violent Attacks On Ebola Treatment Centers, Health Workers In DRC Hinder Response Efforts As Disease Spreads

The Guardian: Rumor and violence rife as Congo Ebola outbreak surges out of control
“…Since the [Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)] epidemic began last August, 1,340 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola have been recorded, more than 250 cases since the beginning of April, and 874 people have died … Agencies blame the recent surge in transmission on a continued lack of trust in communities and violent attacks on treatment centers in February and March, which forced health workers to wind down some services. … April has already seen a higher number of cases reported than any other month since the outbreak began…” (Tsongo/Ratcliffe, 4/24).

NPR: The Doctor Killed In Friday’s Ebola Attack Was Dedicated … But Also Afraid
“…[W]ith each attack, [health workers have] had to take time to re-group and re-assess their security precautions. And that’s required pausing key activities like vaccinating people exposed to the virus. The result has been a surge of new infections. Before the first major attack in February there were roughly 30 new cases a week; this month the weekly new case count has regularly hovered around 70 and even reached as high as 110…” (Aizenman, 4/23).

The Telegraph: Ebola doctor killed as violence hampers response to outbreak in DRC
“A World Health Organization doctor has been killed by armed militia when a hospital at the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo was stormed by rebels. … [Dr. Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung, an epidemiologist from Cameroon,] who had four children, had been deployed by the WHO in response to the epidemic — the second largest Ebola outbreak in history. Just hours after the incident at Butembo University Hospital attackers armed with machetes targeted an Ebola treatment center in the Katwa region a separate incident…” (Newey, 4/23).