WHO, U.S. Officials Urge Tanzania To Share Information On Suspected Ebola Cases

AFP: Tanzania not sharing information on suspected Ebola: WHO
“The World Health Organization has accused Tanzania of failing to provide information on suspected cases of Ebola in the country, potentially hindering efforts to curb the spread of the deadly virus…” (9/22).

Financial Times: WHO criticizes Tanzania for withholding Ebola information
“…In a statement on [Saturday] the WHO said that, despite repeated requests, ‘to date, clinical data, results of the investigations, possible contacts and potential laboratory tests performed … have not been communicated to the WHO’…” (Pilling, 9/22).

Reuters: World Health Organization: Tanzania not sharing information on Ebola
“…WHO said in a statement late on Saturday that it was made aware on Sept. 10 of the death of a patient in Dar es Salaam, and unofficially told the next day that the person tested positive for Ebola. The woman had died on Sept. 8. … WHO said it was unofficially told that Tanzania had two other possible Ebola cases. One had tested negative and there was no information on the other…” (Nebehay/Biryabarema, 9/22).

STAT: WHO signals alarm over possible unreported Ebola cases in Tanzania
“…Tanzanian authorities told the WHO on Monday that they would not agree to outside testing of their samples. … The situation has also been of concern to the United States. On Saturday, the CDC said it was aware of the situation and is working with the WHO to learn more. On Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who was in East Africa to review the Ebola response in the DRC, urged Tanzania to be more forthcoming. … He later asked Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to travel to Tanzania. Redfield had been on the mission to East Africa with Azar” (Branswell, 9/21).

Washington Post: WHO accuses Tanzania of withholding information about suspected Ebola cases
“…Tanzania has never reported a case of Ebola. Tourism makes up a significant portion of the country’s economy, and Ebola’s presence there could lead to widespread trip cancellations…” (Bearak, 9/22).

Additional coverage of the suspected Ebola cases and Redfield’s meetings in Tanzania is available from Al Jazeera, The Citizen, and DW.

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