CONGO (PM) — The fatal Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced on Wednesday after the infection spread this week to a metropolis of two million people.
A WHO expert committee had refused on three prior occasions to urge the United Nations health agency to execute the declaration for this outbreak. More than 1,600 people have fallen since August in the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which is unwinding in a region characterized as a war zone.
This week, the first Ebola case was authenticated in Goma, a major regional crossroads in northeastern Congo on the Rwandan border with an international airport. Health authorities have dreaded this scenario for months.
This is the fifth before-mentioned declaration in history. Preceding emergencies were declared for the disastrous 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in West Africa that annihilated more than 11,000 people, the development of Zika in the Americas, the swine flu pandemic and polio eradication.
WHO describes a global emergency as an “extraordinary event” which creates a risk to other nations and commands a coordinated international response.
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