Troubling Technical Hurdles

Security problems plaguing the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ebola response have been well documented, but Miriam Shuchman details some of the less-covered logistical challenges undermining the fight.
 
Linking cases to a known chain of transmission has proved to be a big stumbling block, and Gary Kobinger of Laval University in Quebec indicates that the DRC is not maximizing all the strategies and tools developed in prior outbreaks. For example, portable gene sequencers that could help identify transmission chains are not being used.
 
Missteps with post-mortem screening and disorganization surrounding the vaccine rollout have also hindered the response, Shuchman explains.

The Lancet



 

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