The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has now been declared an international health emergency by the World Health Organization. The designation was made after the virus was recently detected in the country’s largest city Goma.
The DRC’s nearly year-long struggle to contain the disease has been complicated by violence from armed groups and conspiracy theories that have hindered public health efforts. Health workers and some medical facilities have also endured violent attacks from locals frightened that they are responsible for spreading the disease.
Over 2,500 people have been infected and more than 1,700 people have died from Ebola since August, making it the second-deadliest Ebola epidemic on record. Fever checks have been stepped up at the borders, but so far limits to cross-border travel and trade have not been imposed.
In this episode, we’ll hear how those on the front lines of containing the outbreak are faring.
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