The spread of the ebola virus to the city of Mbandaka,DRC prompted a more coordinated response. The city has a population of more than one million, which means that the likelihood of the outbreak escalating is far higher. Residents of the city have been stepping up hygiene practices. But there are reports that some patients are refusing treatment and opting to administer traditional medicine at home, instead. The stigma and superstitions surrounding Ebola in the region are posing one of the biggest challenges in containing the outbreak.

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