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August 28, 2014

Doctors Without Borders Stretched Thin by Ebola Crisis

Global medical relief group Doctors Without Borders said this week that it can provide only limited help to tackle a new outbreak of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo as it is already strained by the epidemic in West Africa, Reuters reports. The charity will send doctors, nurses, and logistics experts to the country but not specialist Ebola teams, as it would normally do in response to an outbreak.

The central African nation announced on Sunday that a high number of suspected Ebola cases has been reported in the northwestern jungle province of Equateur, where the deadly hemorrhagic fever was discovered in 1976. Jeroen Beijnberger, the group's Congo coordinator, said the charity's work in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and Nigeria, where Ebola has killed more than 1,400 people in recent months, "is limiting our capacity to respond to the epidemic in Equateur Province."