The WHO finally declared a public health emergency over Ebola

18 Jul, 2019
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The outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been ongoing since last August..


A nearly year-long Ebola outbreak is simmering in the Democratic Republic of Congo — and despite the rollout of a vaccination campaign, the virus has continued to spread.

Now it’s time for the world to start paying attention.

That’s the message from an emergency meeting at the World Health Organization in Geneva on Wednesday. A panel of independent experts met to discuss whether the outbreak is dire enough to constitute a “public health emergency of international concern,” a rare designation the WHO gives to diseases that pose a global threat. It was the fourth such meeting since October….

This is the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history — and the first in a war zone

The DRC has counted more than 2,500 total cases of Ebola since last August and more than 1,600 deaths. That makes this the second-worst Ebola outbreak ever, after the unprecedented West Africa epidemic, which affected 28,000 people. It’s also the first known Ebola outbreak to happen in an active war zone — the country’s northeastern provinces, North Kivu and Ituri.

This entry was posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at 5:55 pm and is filed under Blog.

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