The DRC’s latest Ebola outbreak appears to be tapering off thanks to containment efforts that got out in front of the disease and overcame obstacles to reaching remote communities.
What made this outbreak different than the 2014 epidemic, which killed 11,000 in West Africa and beyond?
The DRC’s remoteness has been a blessing and a curse, hampering access for health workers but also curbing the disease’s spread. An effective experimental vaccine, which had only surfaced at the end of the 2014 outbreak, was promptly deployed this time around. And crucially, communities allowed people to be vaccinated, despite misgivings about health workers.