Fear, violence and distrust hamper U.S. involvement in Ebola outbreak

Ongoing violence, community resistance and mistrust of health care workers are hampering efforts by the U.S. government to send a robust team of experts to the Democratic Republic of Congo to assist in the Ebola outbreak that has now been raging for a year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just 12 staff members in Goma, one of the Congo’s most densely populated cities, just south of the epicenter of the outbreak.

In contrast, the CDC sent hundreds of workers to West Africa during the 2014 Ebola outbreak.