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WHO ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Ending DRC Ebola Outbreak Soon

Agence France-Presse: WHO predicts Ebola outbreak in DR Congo could end soon
“The director general of the World Health Organization said Sunday he believed a swift end could be put to the outbreak of Ebola in northwestern DR Congo, … which has left 27 people dead over the past month. ‘I am cautiously optimistic that we shall be able to bring it to an end soon,’ Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters at Kinshasa airport…” (6/10).

U.N. News: WHO reports ‘very strong progress’ in battling DR Congo Ebola outbreak
“…Dr. Peter Salama of the World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists in Geneva that the first phase — protecting urban centers and towns — ‘has gone well, and we can be cautiously optimistic.’ There have been 62 Ebola cases in the DRC during this latest outbreak, with 38 confirmations and 27 deaths. The latest case, confirmed on Thursday, is in the remote Iboko health zone in the northwest: an indication that the outbreak is ongoing…” (6/8).

Additional reporting on the Ebola outbreak, including information on containment efforts and research into experimental vaccines and treatments, is available from the Associated Press, CIDRAP News, CNN, NPR, Reuters, STAT (2), and Washington Times. A WHO statement marking one month of the outbreak also is available.

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