June 2, 2020

WHO maintains international emergency due to Ebola epidemic in DR Congo



The World Health Organization (WHO) today decided to maintain the international emergency due to the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, declared six months ago.

“The risk of expansion is high at national and regional level, but low globally,” said WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, after the Emergency Committee meeting, which quarterly should study whether or not the emergency level is maintained. international.

“With only one case of Ebola in an area as insecure and unstable as is the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, there is still potential for a much larger epidemic,” added the head of the agency.

The current outbreak, which began in August 2018, has affected more than 3,400 people, of which 2,253 have died.

Tedros will travel to Kinshasa tomorrow to analyze measures to strengthen the Congolese health system, in the face of the containment of this and other epidemics, such as measles that currently also affects the country, and that has caused the death of more than 6,300 people.

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