The current outbreak of Ebola in eastern DR Congo, beginning in 2018, emerged in a complex and violent political and security environment. Community-level prevention and outbreak control measures appear to be dependent on public trust in relevant authorities and information, but little scholarship has explored these issues. The authors aimed to investigate the role of trust and misinformation on individual preventive behaviours during an outbreak of Ebola virus disease.
961 adults were surveyed between Sept 1 and Sept 16, 2018. The findings underscore the practical implications of mistrust and misinformation for outbreak control.
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