WHO Declares Global Public Health Emergency in DRC Ebola Outbreak


Congolese health workers collect data before administering Ebola vaccines to civilians at a health center in Goma, DRC. Photo by: REUTERS / Olivia Acland/Devex.com

The World Health Organization declared a global health emergency for the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Several reasons were cited for the decision, including the recent spread of the disease in the city of Goma and the recurrence of transmission of the disease in Beni. The assassination of two Ebola responders last week was also a factor in the decision, demonstrating the continued risk responders face.

The latest Ebola outbreak, first declared in August 2018, has lasted nearly a year. Addressing the outbreak is affected by limited financial resources and staff shortages. By declaring the outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern, officials hope to increase international support and attention to the issue.

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