The United States has no plans to re-use personnel to fight the growing case of Ebola on earth in Congo due to aggravating security concerns, said admin officials on Wednesday.
The case in East Congo takes place in an active war zone and has now become the country's largest in more than four decades. Assault at the front of the government and civilians by dozens of armed militia has complicated the work of Ebola's response teams, who have often had to ban essential work case tracking and isolation of people who have been infected with the dead virus. Violence has increased in recent weeks, including attacks by armed groups this weekend near the operations center in Beni, the urban epicenter in the northern Kivu state.
US citizens do not work in the case zone, but there are staff from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Agency for International Development in Kinshasa, the capital, about 1,000 miles away. Additional personnel work in neighboring countries. There is an ongoing debate within the administration to use personnel at the heart of the case.
A littleSeasonal Ebola experts from the CDC were withdrawn from Beni at the end of August after an assault by an armed group against the Congo military location along a road near the traveling team, according to the US Embassy officer in the Congo. No government personnel were targeted in the US than other Ebola respondents or in the surrounding area of that attack.
"Protecting the safety of our staff is our top priority," said one administrative officer during a brief for correspondents on Wednesday. He talked about the condition of anonymity due to the rules set by the White House. Washington is continuously monitoring the security situation, but at the moment, "a simple one is too dangerous," he said.
Among those security concerns are the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, which killed U.S. ambassador. and three other Americans, according to public health experts were familiar with discussions about using US personnel and spoke in a background briefing session with correspondents.
The administrative officer refused to say whether to send CDC experts under the protection of US military personnel under consideration. "I'm not going to control in anything," he said. But he noted, during the West Africa epidemic of 2014-2016 that killed more than 11,000 people, that the US military would only provide logistical support.
After the Director of CDC, Robert Redfield raised the possibility last week that the case had worsened so dramatic that could not be stolen under control, US officials were trying to reduce that situation . It was undesirable that the aim of the administration is to prevent the causes.
"The Ebola response is a priority for the US government," said Tim Ziemer, a senior officer in USAID, in another brief, hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Ziemer led global health security at the National Security Council but left that situation suddenly in May after the oversight of the global health security team, was erased under the reorganization by the security consultant national John Bolton.
One of the biggest problems in managing any cases, especially this one, is the inability of respondents to effectively identify and record all connections with Ebola patients. Without that ability, the disease continues to spread. Especially anxious in this case It is estimated that 60 to 80 per cent of confirmed cases are new without known connections to previous cases, making it almost impossible for respondents to track infection and stop transfer.
"That shows that your systems do not work, you can not get your arms around this case," said J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice president of CSIS.
In the CSIS briefing, the main response from the World Heath Organization, who speaks from Geneva, said the crisis was expected to continue an additional six months, best placed. Peter Salama also said that informal health clinics, which are unregulated and often run by traditional healers, had spread the virus in Pheni as mothers and children sought help for Ebola cases Misunderstanding such as malaria, which has similar early symptoms.