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MSF suspends Congo Ebola effort after deadly clinic attacks

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 04 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1010
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

The charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will suspend operations in two towns at the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, after unidentified groups launched two violent attacks on its clinics in the same week.

A mob appeared outside a clinic in Katwa on the night of 24 February, threw stones, and set fires. Patients and their caregivers were attacked while trying to flee, and a patient’s brother was killed.

“This attack has crippled our ability to respond to what is now the epicentre of the outbreak,” said Emmanuel Massart, MSF’s emergency coordinator in Katwa, after surveying the …

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