WHO DG Tedros Discusses DRC Ebola Outbreak, Response In Nature Interview; Concerns Increase Over Risk Of Ebola Spread To Uganda
Nature: ‘The world has never seen anything like this’: WHO chief on battling Ebola in a war zone
“The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is distraught. The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to worsen, and his front-line responders are under attack. … Since the outbreak started nine months ago, nearly 1,000 people have died from Ebola, and the rate of new infections is climbing. Nature spoke with Ghebreyesus shortly after he returned from a visit to Butembo…” (Maxmen, 5/2).
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Congolese refugees cross illegally into Uganda, raising risk of Ebola — aid groups
“People fleeing violence in an Ebola-hit region of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are being forced to cross the border illegally into Uganda, risking the virus spreading into the neighboring East African nation, aid groups said on Friday. … While some have found legal refuge in Uganda, others are being used as human shields by armed groups who prevent them from reaching official border points to be registered, screened for Ebola, and given sanctuary…” (Bhalla, 5/2).