In DepthInfectious Diseases

Ebola veteran promises an end to Congo's epidemic

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Science  09 Aug 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6453, pp. 526-527
DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6453.526

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On 22 July, Félix Tshisekedi, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, tapped virologist Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum to head the government's response to the country's 10th Ebola outbreak. Muyembe has fought Ebola in all nine previous outbreaks in the country but the current outbreak has grown far bigger than any of them. Still, Muyembe thinks it can be brought under control in 3 to 4 months. The most important thing, he says, is to win back the trust of the local population and rely more on them in fighting the deadly disease, which has already sickened more than 2700 people, at least 1800 fatally.

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