Ebola is already a "public health emergency of international importance": WHO declares alarm at the Congo outbreak

The World Health Organization has just declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a "public health emergency of international importance". The outbreak that has been active for a year despite aggressive efforts to eradicate it has already caused 1,660 deaths and a few days ago it reached one of the largest cities in the country, threatening to internationalize the epidemic.

Chronicle of an announced epidemic

The statement, which many have been calling for months, could increase funds and resources to curb the epidemic. For his part, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has called for an international effort to contain what they have described as the most difficult outbreak in history: "It is time for the world to take note," he said.

This is the fifth international public health emergency declared by the WHO: the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, polio in 2014, the Ebola outbreak 2014-2016 in West Africa, and the Zika outbreak in Latin America in 2016.

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