In Congo, fighting a virus and a groundswell of fake news.

  title={In Congo, fighting a virus and a groundswell of fake news.},
  author={Laura Spinney},
  volume={363 6424},
  • L. Spinney
  • Published 18 January 2019
  • Political Science
  • Science
Occurring in a conflict zone amid controversial presidential elections, the current Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has proved to be fertile ground for conspiracy theories and political manipulation, which can hamper efforts to treat patients and fight the virus9s spread. Public health workers have mounted an unprecedented effort to counter false rumors. For the first time in an Ebola outbreak, the United Nations International Children9s Emergency Fund and other… 

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