WHO declares Ebola outbreak a global health emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) today declared the year-old Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo to be a global health emergency. They note that it is still a regional emergency and not a global threat, but there are serious concerns that have made the battle more urgent.

Not only has the outbreak spread to Goma, a large city of 2 million, but it has also flared up in places where it had been contained. Additionally, there has been deadly violence against health workers involved with containing the disease’s spread.

The current epidemic is the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, after the 2014-16 West Africa epidemic that infected 28,616 people and caused 11,310 deaths.

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