Ebola Crosses a Red Line

For the first time, a suspected Ebola case has appeared in the Congo’s conflict zone. A doctor in the town of Oicha, in North Kivu province, is strongly suspected of being infected, despite having initially tested negative for the virus.  “Oicha is almost entirely surrounded by ADF Ugandan Islamist militia, and there are ‘extremely serious security concerns’ following many civilian killings,” according to WHO’s head of emergency operations.  Africa News, Aug. 24, 2018.

It’s hard enough to contain Ebola in normal conditions. There is reason for concern that the strategies that eventually worked in West Africa may not be able to stop an epidemic in a conflict zone.

There’s also good news, however: Two of the first ten recipients of the mAb114 treatment have recovered. This is one of five five experimental treatments Congo approved for use in the outbreak that was declared on Aug. 1.  Washington Post, Aug. 25, 2018.

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