The Revisit of Ebola

Ebola has reared its ugly head again in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The virus has killed at least 69 people in the country's northern region, but with dozens of cases yet to be confirmed, that number is probably closer to 100. The World Health Organization is concerned about a "perfect storm" of factors – armed attacks in the region, movement of people and community distrust — that could keep the virus spreading and stop people from seeking treatment. Congo is in the midst of a long-term humanitarian crisis that includes intermittent armed conflict, which means other health epidemics, including cholera, measles and polio, are flourishing there.

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