Ebola outbreak in Congo is a public health emergency of international concern, WHO says

Ebola outbreak in Congo is a public health emergency of international concern, WHO says

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The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo now constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization announced on Wednesday.

"The risk of Ebola spread in DRC and the region remains very high, and the risk of spread outside the region remains low," Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO, said during a press conference on Wednesday.

"Now is the time for the international community to stand in solidarity with the people of DRC."

WHO defines a public health emergency of international concern as "an extraordinary event" that constitutes a "public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease" and "to potentially require a coordinated international response."

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