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WHO declares Ebola outbreak is international health emergency

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By ITN News Editor July 18, 2019 13:15

WHO declares Ebola outbreak is international health emergency

The World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo to be a “public health emergency of international concern”, saying the recent risk of its spread in the city of Goma and into Uganda had increased the threat.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.A Congolese woman who died of Ebola this month vomited four times in a Ugandan market after crossing the border days earlier to sell fish, Ghebreyesus said, fuelling fears that the virus may be spreading beyond Democratic Republic of Congo.The current outbreak of the highly infectious disease has been all but confined to Congo, killing 1,673 people there – more than two thirds of those who contracted it – over the past year, and three in Uganda last month.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 18, 2019 13:15

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