WHO OPTS NOT TO DECLARE LATEST EBOLA OUTBREAK AN INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY

Thursday, October 18, 2018
By Paul Martin

It’s nevertheless warning nine of the Congo’s eleven neighbours that they are at high risk of the deadly haemorrhagic disease spreading across the borders.

Jean-Jacques Cornish
EWN.co.za
10/18/2018

PRETORIA – The World Health Organisation (WHO) Emergency Committee has decided that a public health emergency of international concern should not be declared regarding the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It’s nevertheless warning nine of the Congo’s eleven neighbours that they are at high risk of the deadly haemorrhagic disease spreading across the borders.

The four-hour teleconference expressed deep concern about the Ebola outbreak that’s killed 139 people in the DRC.

It says response activities need to be intensified with support by the international community.

Ongoing vigilance is critical, says the WHO, noting the security of first responders and health workers is a priority.

There have been eight major security events in the Ebola epicentre town of Beni in the past eight weeks, driving medical experts to work on the disease from Kinshasa more than 1,600km away.

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