World Health Organization resists declaring Ebola emergency — for third time

Outbreak worsens in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as virus spreads into Uganda.

Jun 20, 2019
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The Ebola outbreak that has ravaged the northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) — now the second largest on record — spread into neighbouring Uganda this week, raising concerns about whether health officials can contain the virus. But the crisis still does not warrant the World Health Organization’s (WHO) highest level of alarm, agency director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on 14 June.

“Although the spread of Ebola to Uganda is tragic, it is not a surprise,” Ghebreyesus told reporters, speaking from the WHO’s offices in Kinshasa, the DRC’s capital. “Since the beginning of the outbreak, we have said that the risk of spread across the border is high, and it remains high.” But “the fundamental dynamic” of the outbreak has not changed, he said.

By: Amy Maxmen & Sara Reardon/Nature News

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