This morning when I learned about the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, I followed a standard procedure: go to the closest local sources. So I went to the DRC Ministry of Health website and found it being "maintained." On ABYZ News Links I found a list of DRC media. Almost all are in French, but Chrome translates French to English pretty well. The problem was that many of the media links were months or years out of date, and many of the rest were concerned strictly with politics and football (soccer, as the Americans call it).
A handful of sites had stories on the outbreak, but they were essentially copied and pasted from international sources like Reuters. Local media obviously haven't got the resources to head for remote Bikoro, and it might not be wise to pester the Ministry of Health; DR Congo ranks 154th out of 180 on the 2018 Press Freedom Index:
The Democratic Republic of Congo is engulfed in a profound political and security crisis that has had a terrible impact on press freedom. Threats, physical attacks, abductions, arrests, and cases of prolonged detention targeting journalists are almost never investigated. Under President Joseph Kabila, who has clung to power since 2006, at least 11 journalists have been murdered without consequence for the perpetrators. ... The use of violence is now so widespread that reporters will probably be in great danger in the run-up to the delayed presidential election, which is now scheduled for December 2018.
While DR Congo has a good record in dealing with earlier Ebola outbreaks, all we're likely to get from the Ministry is just what President Kabila wants the world to know. That may indeed be why the MoH site is currently down.
I've seen this happen again and again, when neither the local media, nor the government, could or would tell the world what was going on: in Haiti after the quake and then after the cholera outbreak, in West Africa's Ebola, and in Indonesia during the H5N1 years, when the minister of health wouldn't even report human cases to WHO. The Saudis are telling the world as little as possible about MERS, and only when they get around to it.
So we're stuck with international resources, which may themselves be limited by local politics. If you're trying to track Ebola news under these conditions, I suggest the following:
WHO: Its new design makes it very hard to navigate, but we'll probably see a big, unmissable front-page report on Ebola before the end of the week. WHO's Disease Outbreak News page will also have information.
Ebola on Google: This is updated pretty frequently.
FluTrackers: These folks seem to operate around the clock. I don't know how they do it.
#ebola: Often repetitious and not always reliable, but often useful.
Thomson Reuters Alertnet: They were on the story early, and we can expect updates tomorrow.
And if you know of other news resources for Ebola, please let me know.