Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) outbreak continued at a slow rate over the weekend and through today, and on the research front, new survey findings from people living in one of the outbreak’s former epicenters shed new light on reasons behind community resistance.

New cases in ongoing hot spots

Eight new cases were reported since Sep 27, three of them today, according to the latest numbers reflected on the World Health Organization (WHO) online Ebola dashboard, lifting the overall total to 3,191. Outbreak responders are still investigating 425 suspected Ebola cases.

Three more people died from their Ebola infections, nudging the fatality count to 2,129.

The latest two daily updates from the DRC’s multisector Ebola committee detailed locations for five of the most recent cases. They include two in Mandima and one each in Mambasa, Butembo, and Komanda.

The trickle of cases is consistent with a recent downturn in cases in the outbreak region, though the WHO has warned to that security problems in some areas, especially Lwemba in Mandima health zone, are hampering response operations, which could help fuel ongoing transmission.

Focus groups detail distrust

(CC BY 2.0), flickr, Aalok Kanani

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