World Health Organization gives mixed message on Ebola fight

Details: WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu, who just returned from a trip to the DRC alongside CDC director Robert Redfield, touted the fact that despite the outbreak continuing to flare within the Congo, it has not spread to any other countries. He also said the number of new cases per week is down since January.…

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Q&A: Conflict, resistance hampering WHO’s Ebola efforts in DRC

The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is now the second largest in history, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), with at least 426 confirmed cases in the country. The outbreak, declared on August 1, has led to at least 198 confirmed deaths, DR Congo’s health ministry said. It is the…

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Congo’s security risk raises international alarm over Ebola

Recent violence in the areas where the deadly Ebola virus is centered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has triggered stronger moves by the U.S. and international organizations to prevent the virus from spreading to other countries. Why it matters: Violence has pushed public health measures against Ebola into sporadic stoppages — effectively allowing…

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Why we should be cautious about the ‘game-changer’ Ebola vaccine

In early May 2018, when the ninth Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo threatened to spread to Mbandaka, a city of 1.2 million people, the global health public relations machine went into overdrive. Unlike previous outbreaks in the country, or unlike the 2014-16 West African outbreak, international responders quickly announced their support for…

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Health authorities brace for “worst-case scenario” Ebola outbreak

The World Health Organization is mobilizing to fight a growing outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that health officials say will be particularly tough and costly to eradicate. The toll: As of May 10, 32 people were suspected of having been infected with Ebola, which can cause high…

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