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ASPPH Advocacy Highlight: Anniversary of Ebola Outbreak

August 1 was the first anniversary of the current outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Since the current outbreak began more than 1,800 people have died. Recently, four people died of the virus in Goma, a city of more than two-million people on the border with Rwanda. Axios posted an article and graphs to put the outbreak into context. The current Ebola outbreak in the DRC is the country’s 10th since 1976 — and the worst in its history. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) posted a press release on its activities related to the outbreak. Politico reported that the CDC has only about 15 people on the ground in the DRC, three or four staff in Kinshasa and 12 in Goma. It wrote, “Violence and mistrust in communities battered by Congo’s long civil war have kept CDC specialists from visiting afflicted areas.”

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