Ebola Getting Out of Control in the Democratic Republic of Congo

This story has been in my drafts folder for a while. I can’t get too worked up about Ebola because I don’t see how it can become a real problem for the US, though I’m sure there is some way it can. Besides, there are other diseases that are real problems today, that we could worry about. Still, lets pull it out of drafts and take a look at the situation in the DRC.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this one is screaming that the epidemic is out of control. ‘Nothing short of terrifying’: Ebola death toll hits 1,000 as lethal virus spreads. (Click the image for a larger view.)

Mistrust has hindered efforts to rapidly contain the highly contagious disease, with a quarter of people in the region believing that the Ebola virus does not exist. Others have accused the authorities of fabricating the outbreak for political gain – voters in the region were not able to partake in national elections in February due to the crisis.

Violence is also rife. The area surrounding Butembo has been at the centre of conflict for more than two decades, and over one hundred armed groups are in operation in the region.

You can’t help people who don’t want help.

The recent spike in cases is in part because efforts to control Ebola were temporarily halted following a string of attacks on treatment centres, threats against health workers and the murder of a WHO epidemiologist.