Hope Dims as Ebola Flares in Goma

The nightmare may be happening. 4 Ebola cases have now been confirmed in Goma, a city of 1 million people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Reuters reports.
The latest case is the wife of a man who died earlier this week. His daughter also tested positive. Authorities are tracking nearly 200 contacts of the man; 160 have been vaccinated.
More than 1,800 people in the DRC since the outbreak started a year ago.
In other Ebola news:

  • Rwanda’s Ministry of Health has contradicted reports that its border with DRC had been closed, saying traffic slowed because of new screening procedures, according to New Times.
  • More than 1,100 Rwandan health workers in the district near Goma have been vaccinated, reports Actualite.cd via H5N1.

Headway against the outbreak can only be made when communities are treated as partners and local leaders are engaged to influence public opinion, writes Amy Daffe, Mercy Corps’ deputy country director for DRC in The New Humanitarian

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