The Democratic Republic of the Congo has come a long way since 1976 when the first Ebola outbreak was declared, but resistance to treatment remains, according to to an article on the Contagion Live website.
Current outbreak has a higher reported number of cases than the previous outbreak, with 150 cases reported as of September 28.
In addition to violence, frontline workers deal with contacts refusing to be traced, contacts fleeing from tracers, suspected patients refusing admission, and continued unsafe burials.
The behavior is tied in part to many misconceptions that exist in the population — that Ebola is not real, illness is related to witchcraft, and the outbreak is a government conspiracy designed to delay the upcoming presidential election. Even so, there is nearly 100% uptake of the Ebola vaccine and community knowledge about the outbreak.
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