WHO: Congo Ebola Outbreak Still Not Global Emergency
Agency says outbreak is an 'extraordinary event' of deep concern but not a global emergency
MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Even though the Ebola outbreak in Congo recently caused deaths in neighboring Uganda, it is still not a global emergency, the World Health Organization says.
The outbreak has resulted in more than 1,400 deaths since it was declared last August and is the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, the Associated Press reported.
Some experts say the outbreak long ago met the criteria to be designated an international emergency. Such a designation would typically bring more funding, resources, and political attention to the crisis. But in its third meeting to assess the outbreak, a WHO expert committee concluded that while the outbreak is an "extraordinary event" of deep concern, it does not yet qualify as a global emergency, the AP reported.
In Uganda, three members of a family died of Ebola after going to the funeral of an infected relative in Congo.