DRC Ebola Outbreak May be Uncontainable, CDC Chief Warns

As violence continues to hamper response efforts, CDC chief Robert Redfield warned that the DRC’s Ebola outbreak may not be containable. If response teams are unable to trace contacts and halt transmission chains, Ebola may become entrenched.

Most Ebola outbreaks have been contained before spreading widely; endemic Ebola would mean a sustained and unpredictable spread of the virus not seen since it was first identified, Redfield warned.

With this eventuality, “you are entering another phase and losing the hope that you can arrest the outbreak through standard interventions,” said J. Stephen Morrison of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The Washington Post

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