At a press conference in Geneva yesterday, Doctors Without Borders (MSF)—a group with a long history of treating hundreds of patients in Ebola outbreaks—warned that the response in the DRC is losing the upper hand owing to deepening community mistrust.
In other developments, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) health ministry today reported seven new Ebola cases and responded to concerns about the response, which today included a visit from top World Health Organization (WHO) officials.
MSF: Community grievances increasing
During the briefing, MSF officials said that, since the first of the year, 40% of the newly reported cases are people who died from Ebola in their communities and that in the current epicenter of Katwa and Butembo, 43% of the patients confirmed with the virus in the past 3 weeks have no known links to other cases, a sign of undetected transmission chains, which is bad news.
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Mar 7 MSF press release
Mar 7 DRC update
Mar 7 WHO update