As Congo’s Ebola Outbreak Worsens, U.S. Urged To Send Experts

It's not clear how many people from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are tackling the outbreak from Congo's capital.

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In this photo taken Sept 9, 2018, a health worker sprays disinfectant on his colleague after working at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, DRC. VOA

Global health experts are urging the Trump administration to allow U.S. government disease specialists to return to northeastern Congo to help fight the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history.

The U.S. experts have been sidelined for weeks, ordered away from the region due to State Department security concerns. Health workers have compared the area to a war zone. Dozens of rebel groups are active and attacks by them have forced workers to halt Ebola containment for days at a time.

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A Congolese health worker administers Ebola vaccine to a woman who had contact with an Ebola sufferer in the village of Mangina in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo

New statements in two top medical journals this week are calling on the U.S. to change its mind and send its experts back where they are sorely needed.

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It’s not clear how many people from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are tackling the outbreak from Congo’s capital, nearly 1,000 miles away. (VOA)

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