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WHO DG Says Agency ‘Can Cover’ DRC Ebola Outbreak Without U.S. Experts In Region; Disease Continues To Spread, Concerns Emerge Over Vaccine Supply

Associated Press: WHO says it can fight Ebola outbreak despite U.S. withdrawal
“The head of the World Health Organization said Monday it can fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo despite the withdrawal of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, insisting: ‘We can cover it.’ The comments by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus came in the wake of commentaries in two medical journals appealing to the CDC to return to the epidemic zone in Congo — saying its expertise is needed. The U.S. experts have been sidelined for weeks, ordered away from the region because of State Department security concerns…” (Keaten, 12/3).

CIDRAP News: DRC Ebola total climbs to 444 with cases in several areas
“Over the weekend and through [Monday], the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported 16 new Ebola cases in several locations in and around the main hot spots. In other developments, health officials are starting to worry about the Ebola vaccine supply, especially if it’s needed to curb widespread disease in one of the DRC’s urban locations…” (Schnirring, 12/3).

The Guardian: Are we on the cusp of a breakthrough in Ebola treatment?
“Ebola could be transformed from a terrifying disease into something that can be managed at home if drug trials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are successful, a leading scientist believes. Four experimental drugs are starting to be used as part of a groundbreaking trial under extremely difficult conditions in an outbreak in conflict-ridden eastern DRC…” (Boseley, 12/4).

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