Twin Attacks Threaten Ebola Response

Armed assailants hit another Médecins Sans Frontières Ebola treatment facility in the Democratic Republic of the Congo yesterday, setting it afire just days after MSF’s Katwa Ebola Treatment Center was torched, Reuters reported.
No patients or staff were injured in yesterday’s attack, the health ministry said—but 4 patients with confirmed cases fled the scene and couldn’t be accounted for. The previous attack on Sunday killed a nurse. As MSF weighs its options, Katwa emergency coordinator Emmanuel Massart told Devex: “The control of the epidemic won’t be achieved without the mobilization of the population, and it is clear that the actors of the response, MSF included, did not manage to gain this trust.”
The twin attacks prompted a stark warning from Crawford Kilian: “Two incidents like these imply a third within days. WHO is going to have to get a grip on itself and declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.”

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