Ebola Response Undermined by Security in Democratic Republic of Congo

The World Health Organization is reporting the security situation in Democratic Republic of Congo is undermining the Ebola response.

The lack of security is severely impacting both civilians and front-line workers, forcing suspension of Ebola Virus Disease response activities and increasing the risk that the virus will continue to spread.

De Faakto risk assessment indicates deteriorating security in the region will likely cause the highly contagious disease to expand outside the immediate region of outbreak. Health authorities should remain vigilant and assure Ebola screening & surveillance practices are up to date and staff are properly trained and are screening patients properly for Ebola symptoms. Robust screening procedures, early identification and Ebola surveillance will help mitigate and contain the disease. Options to improve the regional security situation should be considered as a key mitigation strategy for containing Ebola.