Ebola outbreak in Congo declared 'public health emergency'

GENEVA, Aug. 14, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Aug. 14, 2018. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Tuesday that he's even more worried about the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) after his recent visit to the country, mainly because of the intense security challenge in the virus-hit areas. (Xinhua/Xu Jinquan/IANS)
Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, in August, 2018. (IANS file photo)
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Geneva: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has declared the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Congo a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

The announcement was made on Wednesday following a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for Ebola virus disease in Congo, the fourth of its kind since the outbreak was declared on August 1, 2018, Xinhua reported.

The Committee made its recommendation based on recent developments, including the first confirmed case in Goma, a city of almost two million people on the border with Rwanda, and the gateway to the rest of Congo and the world.

Latest UN figures showed that some 650 people have died in the current outbreak, while about 12 new cases are reported every day.

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