Congo’s Ebola Outbreak Declared Global Health Emergency

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A Congolese health worker administers ebola vaccine to a child at the Himbi Health Centre in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 17, 2019. REUTERS/Olivia Acland

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola virus epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a global health emergency. 

“It is time for the world to take notice and redouble our efforts. We need to work together in solidarity with the DRC to end this outbreak and build a better health system,” WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. The epidemic was officially given the designation of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). 

Tedros said that “extraordinary work” had been done in the last year to address the outbreak amid “the most difficult circumstances.” The virus has infected more than 2,500 people since the outbreak was first declared on August 1, 2018. Nearly 1,700 of those…

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