News bites: Humanitarian developments
Ebola-like virus outbreak - At least six people have died along Congo's northwestern border with Gabon because of a disease caused by an Ebola-like virus, according to updated figures released by the health ministry. Médecins Sans Frontières says that three other people died of the same disease in Itoumbi. The first cases were in Itoumbi villagers who had gone elephant hunting in the bush (Agence France Presse).
Malaria drug shortage to cost lives, says charity A shortage of drugs to treat malaria would cost lives and jeopardise a global plan to halve malaria deaths by 2010, Médecins Sans Frontières has claimed. The aid agency has called on the World Health Organization, which relied on Swiss drug maker Novartis to provide its drug Coartem (artemether, lumefantrine) at cost for use in developing countries, to use other suppliers to save lives. But WHO officials rejected Médecins Sans Frontières' claim that equivalent drugs