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Fear and Suspicion Hinder Congo Medics in Ebola Battle

Reuters

Nahid Bhadelia

With more than twice as many Ebola outbreaks as any other country since the virus was discovered in 1976, Congolese are familiar with its destructive power, yet fear and suspicion of medical authorities are still hindering efforts at containment…

Expert Quote:

“By doing something violent you’d be creating greater distrust.”

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Health expert speaks on challenges of containing Ebola virus

Nahid-Bhadelia

CNBC Africa

Nahid Bhadelia

Now that the Ebola virus outbreak is slowly looming into the region we’re starting to be a bit more proactive on how we handle it…

Expert Quote:

“…I think the main thing to start with is that the situation at the DRC’s very different than what it was in West Africa…This is the tenth Ebola outbreak in the DRC…”

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Vaccines Alone Won’t Beat Ebola

Nahid-Bhadelia

The Atlantic

Nahid Bhadelia

Three people who had been infected with Ebola recently left an isolation ward at Wangata Hospital against medical advice, according to the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ministry of Health…

Expert Quote:

“Of course you want vaccines, but yellow fever and cholera are perfect examples of disease where we have vaccines and still get raging outbreaks.”

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DRC: Experimental Ebola Vaccine to be Administered in Mbandaka

Nahid-Bhadelia

The Guardian

Nahid Bhadelia

Health authorities and NGOs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will begin administering an experimental Ebola vaccine on Monday in Mbandaka, the north-western city of 1.2 million people where the deadly disease was detected last week…

Expert Quote:

“The vaccine is a powerful tool but you still need other tools. You still need to find the contacts. This outbreak has multiple epicentres that are some distance apart and include a big city … Then you need some kind of infrastructure to follow up.”

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