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WHO sounds global alarm over Ebola outbreak in DRC

Health workers in DRC tending to Ebola patients

The United Nations health agency, World Health Organisation (WHO) has sounded a global alarm over the recent outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

WHO says the Ebola outbreak in the DRC is a global public health emergency, and the announcement comes just days after the epidemic spread to a major urban hub for the first time.

The declaration was made by WHO on Wednesday following a meeting of its emergency committee in the Swiss city of Geneva.

“It is a measure that recognises the possible increased national and regional risks and the need for intensified and coordinated action to manage them,” WHO said in a post on Twitter.

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The initial case of Ebola was confirmed in the city of Goma, on Sunday, for the first time since the outbreak began nearly a year ago.

The country’s Ministry of Health said in a series of tweets that a sick pastor arrived in the city from Butembo by bus on Sunday.

The virus first struck Butembo, a city of more than a 100,000 people, last September.


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