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The much-feared spread of Ebola virus from rural regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to larger cities and across the border into neighboring countries may be coming to pass, as the ongoing conflict in the DRC continues to impede the efforts of doctors and aid workers.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the current outbreak is occurring in the worst of locations: the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, which are heavily populated, trade heavily across the border with Rwanda and Uganda, and are experiencing a “deteriorating security situation” due to a violent and chaotic insurrection.
Hopes - Stability - DRC - Setback - Thursday
Hopes for greater stability in the DRC suffered a setback on Thursday when a fire of unknown origins destroyed an electoral commission depot in the capital of Kinshasa, jeopardizing plans to arrange an orderly exit for President Joseph Kabila, who has lingered in power for two years after the formal end of his term. Kabila advisers blamed “criminals” for setting the fire, while the outgoing president himself promised to hold a “perfect election.”
Some 8,000 electronic voting machines were reportedly destroyed in the blaze, but election officials were cautiously optimistic they could replace most of them with machines borrowed from other parts of the country.
Health - Minister - Oly - Ilunga - Kalenga
Congolese Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga warned last week that Ebola cases are spiking in Butembo, a large city in North Kivu province that serves as a trade hub with Uganda and Rwanda. International health officials expressed concerns about the deadly virus...
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