Ebola outbreak in Congo declared 'health emergency'
18 Jul 2019
A Congolese health worker administers Ebola vaccine to a child at the Himbi Health Centre in Goma.
Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday declared the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Congo a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
The announcement followed a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for Ebola virus disease in Congo, the fourth of its kind since the outbreak was declared on August 1, 2018.
The Committee made its recommendation based on recent developments, including the first confirmed case in Goma, a city of almost two million people on the border with Rwanda, and the gateway to the rest of Congo and the world.
Latest UN figures showed that some 650 people have died in the current outbreak, while about 12 new cases are reported every day.