WHO Evacuates 16 Staff From Ebola-Hit Beni In DRC After Shell Hits Their Building; WHO DG Tedros Discusses Outbreak Response In STAT Interview

Agence France-Presse: Sixteen Ebola WHO staff evacuated amid DR Congo clashes
“The World Health Organization (WHO) said Saturday that 16 staff members have been temporarily evacuated from DR Congo’s restive eastern city of Beni after a shell hit the building they were staying in. … No one was injured…” (11/17).

STAT: WHO director general: Violence in DRC is allowing Ebola to spread
“…Repeated rebel attacks on the city of Beni — the outbreak epicenter and the headquarters of the response operation — have given the virus an advantage over the humans trying to contain it, acknowledges Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization’s director general. … STAT caught up over the weekend with the WHO director general, who traveled to Beni earlier this month. We asked Tedros, as he is known, about the WHO’s ongoing battle against Ebola in North Kivu province and whether a global health emergency should be declared…” (Branswell, 11/19).

Additional coverage of the Ebola outbreak in DRC and the response is available from Agence France-Presse, BBC News, CNN, NPR, and STAT.

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