News in the Humanosphere: Concerns Ebola could spread from Congo to Central African Republic

Colorized scanning electron micrograph of filamentous Ebola virus particles budding from a chronically infected VERO E6 cell (35,000x magnification). Credit: NIAID

Two cases of the virus have been confirmed by the WHO in Congo’s remote northeastern Bas-Uele province since early May. Four people have died so far among the 43 suspected and confirmed cases. The affected area’s isolation – it is about 870 miles from the capital Kinshasa – has helped contain the spread of the highly contagious hemorrhagic fever, experts say. Yet recent attacks by Christian militias in Central African Republic’s border town of Bangassou have driven about 2,750 people into Bas-Uele, raising the risk that the Ebola outbreak could spread across the border, a WHO representative said. “There is a big concern about Ebola spreading to Central African Republic after this displacement,” said Michel Yao, the WHO’s representative in the Central African Republic. “We are worried as the refugees are close to the epicenter of the outbreak,” he said. (TRF http://tmsnrt.rs/2rVtlPn)

US airstrike killed more than 100 civilians…A Pentagon investigation has found that more than 100 civilians were killed after the U.S. dropped a bomb on a building in Mosul, Iraq, in March. The probe found that the U.S. bomb triggered secondary explosions from devices clandestinely planted there by ISIS fighters. And the military says the secondary blasts caused the concrete building to collapse. Air Force Brig. Gen. Matthew Isler, the lead investigator, said 101 civilians in the building were killed, and another four died in a nearby building. He says 36 civilians remain unaccounted for. (NBC http://nbcnews.to/2rVlEbK)

Top Stories

The International Committee of the Red Cross says that aid deliveries across front lines in war-torn Syria have significantly stepped up, compared to earlier years of the conflict. (AP http://bit.ly/2rE7zSU)

Brazil’s president canceled an order to deploy the military to the streets of the capital after criticism that the move was excessive and merely an effort to hold onto power amid increasing calls for his resignation. (AP http://bit.ly/2qkGvUS)

The push from developing countries to force fossil fuel lobbyists taking part in UN climate talks to declare conflicts of interest won one significant battle during an agreement made at COP23’s preliminary session earlier this month in Bonn, Germany. (IPS http://bit.ly/2rE3Wwm)

The Libyan coast guard is threatening and endangering the lives of migrants in need of help on the Mediterranean Sea, humanitarian groups said. (PRI http://bit.ly/2qgXgo8)

Attacks on hospitals, doctors, ambulances, the wounded and sick took place in at least 20 countries affected by conflict last year, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday. (VOA http://bit.ly/2qoHy5q)

Cholera continues to spread in Sudan’s eastern states, with more fatalities and infections reported across White Nile state, North Kordofan and Sennar. The federal authorities are beginning to respond, however, Khartoum continues to refer to the outbreak as ‘acute watery diarrhea.’ (Radio Dabanga http://bit.ly/2qgUMWv)

Taking out insurance to protect against climate risks is the “wrong model” for improving countries’ ability to cope and may even be worsening inequality and vulnerability, a leading development charity said based on a case from Malawi. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2qklTfh)

The world will not be on track to eradicate poverty by 2030 if current growth trends continue, a UN task force found. (IPS http://bit.ly/2rDEZ4g)

Opinion/Blogs

This is What Political Science Teaches Us About the Killing of Journalists (Global Dispatches Podcast http://bit.ly/2s01Djt)

‘Every year, I give birth’: why war is driving a contraception crisis in Sudan (Guardian http://bit.ly/2qkCrE5)

Argentina’s new, honest inflation statistics (The Economist http://econ.st/2qoz4v4)

The sex slaves of al-Shabab (BBC News http://bbc.in/2r0QuzN)

Do You Know What Red Nose Day Is? (Goats and Soda http://n.pr/2r1RuWp)

Why Big Philanthropy Needs Scrutiny Not Just Gratitude (Tiny Spark http://bit.ly/2r1HJrl)

A different kind of girl power (Africa is a Country http://bit.ly/2r1LTiO)

Priorities for the next WHO director-general (Devex http://bit.ly/2s0kJ9v)

Renewing the humanitarian enterprise (Devpolicy Blog http://bit.ly/2r1NkOr)

Trump’s proposed aid cuts: the view from Uganda (ODI http://bit.ly/2s089H9)

Boko Haram: Down but far from out (IRIN http://bit.ly/2r1Wiex)

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