pandemics

WHO declares Ebola public health emergency; DRC health minister resigns

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on July 17. The declaration followed a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee, its fourth since the outbreak was declared in August 2018. Recent developments in the DRC, including a confirmed case in Goma, prompted the declaration. Goma, which has a population of nearly 2 million, is the capital of North Kivu province and an important transit hub near the Rwandan border.

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Ebola still not a global public health emergency, says WHO

For the third time since October, WHO has declined to designate the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). According to a statement released on June 14, WHO’s expert panel agreed that the outbreak is a health emergency in the region, but advised “against the application of any international travel or trade restrictions.” The nearly year-long Ebola outbreak in DRC has killed more than 1,500 people and saw its first cases appear across the border in neighboring Uganda earlier this month.

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