To fight Ebola, deal with the fear factor

BENI (Democratic Republic of Congo) • A young mother stepped out of the ambulance into the triage area of our Ebola Transit Centre, here in the north-east of the country. She moved slowly, careful not to wake the sick baby, swathed in layers of linen, whom she carried in her arms.

They had been brought here for testing because health workers suspected the baby might have Ebola. We are six months into this latest outbreak. It is the worst on record for the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the second-largest ever, after the 2014-2016 epidemic in West Africa.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 01, 2019, with the headline 'To fight Ebola, deal with the fear factor'. Print Edition | Subscribe