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Congo reports Ebola death close to busy Ugandan border

Sep 22, 2018 - Associated Press

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) - A Congolese woman who refused an Ebola vaccination and then disappeared has died near the heavily traveled border with Uganda, which is preparing to begin vaccinations as needed.

Her case highlights the challenges health workers are facing in a region of northeastern Congo that had never experienced an Ebola outbreak before. Authorities have fought rumors and trained community members including traditional healers in efforts to calm and educate nervous residents.

The 32-year-old woman had assisted in the burials of other Ebola victims and health workers had followed her as a possible case, but she refused a vaccination and disappeared from the city of Beni, said the vice governor of Ituri Province, Pacifique Ke...