Insecurity in the east of the country threatens eradication efforts

Ebola ’emergency status’ extended in DR Congo

The World Health Organization (WHO) has extended by three months the designation of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a global health emergency.

WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus said the potential remained for a much larger epidemic as long as there was a single case of the disease in an area as insecure as eastern DR Congo.

The outbreak was declared a global health emergency in July 2019 after a patient died in the provincial capital Goma – the first case in a major city.

More than 2,300 people have died since the outbreak began in 2018.

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