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How world health officials stopped a potentially catastrophic outbreak

Anne Rimoin, associate professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and founding director of the UCLA-DRC Health Research and Training Program, was quoted in The Hill about how health officials helped curb an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Friday, July 27, 2018
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Days after an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus was identified in May in remote parts of the Congo River Valley, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus landed at a tiny single-runway airport in Mbandaka.

Ghebreyesus, the new director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), put himself in the midst of a viral hot zone to deliver a message: The global public health community would throw its weight behind the effort to stop the spread of the disease as fast as possible. They would not repeat the mistakes that led to thousands of deaths in West Africa just a few years earlier.

Read more in The Hill