Ebola outbreak in DR Congo declared a global health emergency

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More than 1600 people have died since August in the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which is unfolding in a region described as a war zone.

The World Health Organisation says the deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is now an international health emergency after the virus spread this week to a city of two million people.

A WHO expert committee has declined on three previous occasions to advise the UN health agency to make the declaration, but other experts say the outbreak has long met the conditions.

A woman and her children wait to receive Ebola vaccinations, in the village of Mabalako, in eastern Congo.
A woman and her children wait to receive Ebola vaccinations, in the village of Mabalako, in eastern Congo.
AP

More than 1600 people have died since August in the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which is unfolding in a region described as a war zone.

This week the first Ebola case was confirmed in Goma, a major regional crossroads on the Rwandan border with an international airport.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he had accepted the recommendations of a committee of international experts which stressed there should be no restrictions on travel or trade, and no entry screening of passengers at ports or airports outside the immediate region.

Source AAP - SBS

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