WHO decides Congo Ebola outbreak is not an international emergency

April 17, 2019

The World Health Organization (WHO) decided an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo is not an international public health emergency, according to an article on the Reuters website.

WHO reconvened an expert panel to consider the question.

At least 740 people have died among the more than 1,100 infected in this epidemic, which began in August 2018.

Declaring the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern”, or PHEIC, would have ramped up the international response with a formal alert that puts governments on notice and helps to mobilize resources and research.

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