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‘Perfect storm’ could result in losing control of DRC Ebola outbreak says WHO

A ‘perfect storm’ of active conflict and traumatized communities in Ebola-affected areas of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could enable the deadly disease to spread says the World Health Organization (WHO). The current local conditions are greatly reducing the ability for UN health workers to access people who may need treatment and to ensure that burials take place in a controlled manner.

Outbreak control is being further complicated by local politicians, who ‘exploited and manipulated’ the situation prior to upcoming elections, and by social media spread conspiracy theories. This has led to people ‘actively fleeing’ health-workers, including in places where there have been a large number of Ebola cases in recent weeks.

While there is currently no impact on organizations outside the DRC, as seen in 2015, a local Ebola outbreak can quickly become a ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern’. Therefore, it is important that business continuity and enterprise risk managers are aware of and monitor the situation.

Find out more about the DRC Ebola outbreak here.

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