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Congo’s Ebola Outbreak Isn’t Just Congo’s Problem

The U.S. can’t afford to ignore the spreading risk.

Goma needs more boots on the ground, and more international cooperation.

Goma needs more boots on the ground, and more international cooperation.

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In 2014, the U.S. led the effort by governments to blunt the world’s biggest outbreak of Ebola, which took more than 11,000 lives in West Africa before it was declared over in mid-2016. Now, a smaller but more complex outbreak rages in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the U.S. response has been shaped by indifference and bureaucratic haggling. The consequences are potentially disastrous, and not just for those immediately at risk.

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