EBOLA: A PUBLIC HEALTH RESPONSE IN CRISIS

The outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the second-worst in history, and despite a slowing spread, public health experts say the situation isn't likely to get better. Why?

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is in the throes of its worst Ebola outbreak since the disease was first discovered there in 1976. It is the second-worst outbreak in history, behind the West Africa outbreak of 2014 that reached 10 countries including the U.S. and caused more than 10,000 deaths. About 10 new cases of Ebola are reported every day, and on June 8, health officials in DRC reported that 1,968 cases of Ebola have been confirmed with another 94 probable cases, and that 1,390 people have died from the disease.


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