In Congo, an Ebola survivor with a motorbike helps ease fear

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BENI, Congo (AP) — When Germain Kalubenge gets a request for a ride on his motorcycle it can be a matter of life or death.

The 23-year-old is a survivor of the Ebola virus and often is the only driver his community trusts to help if someone suspects they are infected.

He is a welcome collaborator for health workers who have struggled to gain local people's trust during the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.

Kalubenge says he is happy to help, even when some riders vomit on him during the journey.

More than 2,000 people have died of the Ebola virus since August of last year. The World Health Organization last week said the outbreak still warrants being classified as a global emergency, even as the number of confirmed cases has slowed.

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