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At a dangerous point in the Ebola outbreak, residents increase cooperation with containment efforts

The people living in the current Ebola hot spot in the DRC are beginning to comprehend more fully the danger the virus poses — a welcome development in an outbreak…
A man displays an Ebola information leaflet for residents in Mangina, Democratic Republic of Congo. Source: Al-hadji Kudra Maliro/AP

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has reached a dangerous phase, with the response operation acknowledging it hasn’t got a full picture of where the virus is spreading in a large urban center.

That concerning development is tempered slightly by signs that people living in Beni, the current hot spot of transmission, are beginning to comprehend more fully the danger the virus poses, said a senior World Health Organization official.

That understanding is translating into better cooperation — a welcome development in an outbreak response that has had more than its share of bad luck.

“There is underground community transmission in Beni. It may not be at a very intense level. But it is enough to continue and drive transmission in this

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