Focus: Infection Control

Experts fear disaster as Ebola outbreak threatens to escalate

May 13, 2019

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is threatening to spiral out of control, according to an article on the STAT website.

Ongoing violence aimed at the Ebola response workers is undermining efforts to stop the virus' spread, according to experts close to the situation.

“The numbers in the last month have been horrifying,” Dr. Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, a major funder of the Ebola response, said in the article. “It’s on a knife edge. I’m not sure how else to describe it, really.”

The statistics are grim: Double-digit daily increases in the case count are now the norm. Treatment centers are under armed guard, protecting health workers but discouraging people with Ebola from seeking their care, people familiar with the situation say, the article said.

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