The United States has not planned to relocate workers to fight the growing outbreak of Ebola in the Congo, as security concerns are worsening.
The outbreak in the north-east of Congo is taking place in the active zone of war and has now become the country's largest for more than four decades. Attacks on government giants and civilians with dozens of armed militants have complicated the work of the Ebola response teams, who often had to stop working hard tracking cases and isolating people who are infected with the deadly virus. Violence, including attacks, has increased in recent weeks armed groups this weekend, near the Operations Center in Beni, in the city center of North Kivu Province.
There are no US residents in the outbreak area, but staff from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Agency for International Development are in the Kinshasa capital, about 1000 miles away. Additional staff work in neighboring countries. Regardless of whether to deploy staff to the disease center, the administration continues the debate.
SomeStrongly experienced Ebola experts from the CDC were removed from Ben in late August after the attack with an armed group according to a senior US embassy official in Congo, against the Congo military position on the road near the team's journey. No response from the U.S. government staff or other Ebola was directed at this attack site.
"Ensuring the safety of our employees is our top priority," said one administration official on Wednesday. He talked about anonymity, because there were rules in the White House. Washington constantly monitors the security situation, but right now, "it's just too dangerous," he said.
Addressing these security challenges is the 2012 assault on Benghazi, Libya, which killed the US ambassador and three other Americans, according to public health experts who are familiar with the debate on deployment of US personnel, and spoke on condition that anonymity is detected.
The administration official refused to say whether the transfer of CDC experts to US military personnel is being examined. "I'm not going to rule or rule out anything," he said. But he noted that from 2014 to 2016 During the West African Ebola epidemic, which killed more than 11,000 people, US military personnel provided logistical support only.
After the director of the CDC, Robert Redfield last week, expressed the possibility that the outbreak was so dramatically worse that it might not be under control, US officials tried to mitigate this scenario. They clearly emphasized that the administration's goal is to stop the outbreak.
"Ebola's response is a priority of the United States government," says Tim Ziemer, a senior official at USAID, with other information hosted by the Strategic and International Research Center (CSIS). Ziemer led the global health security at the National Security Council, but suddenly abandoned this situation in May after the global health security team he oversaw was liquidated by reorganizing State Security Advisor John Bolton.
One of the major problems associated with controlling any outbreak, especially the disease, is the failure to effectively identify and track all contacts with Ebola sufferers. Without this ability, the disease continues to spread. Extremely disturbing in this outbreak is the fact that about 60 to 80 percent of new confirmed cases have no known links with previous cases, so it is virtually impossible for traffickers to trace infections and stop transmission.
"It shows that your systems do not work and you can not get rid of the outbreak of this disease," said CSIS Senior Vice President Stephens Morrison.
In the CSIS briefing, the head of the Global Health Organization's emergency response, speaking from Geneva, said the outbreak would be more than six months in the most appropriate. Peter Salama also said that unofficial healthcare clinics, which are not regulated and often used by traditional healers, could be spread by Ben as men to mothers, and the children sought help from Ebol in cases that were maladjusted and similar to early symptoms.