World Health Organization decides against declaring Ebola emergency as outbreak worsens

Officials say inadequate funding and mistrust are hampering efforts to combat the outbreak.

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Despite a spike in Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the past few weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that the outbreak there is not a public-health emergency of international concern. The WHO decided against declaring the emergency on 12 April because the outbreak is limited to two provinces in the country’s northeast.

The area is a conflict zone that’s home to more than 20 armed groups, as well as opponents of the DRC’s ruling political party. Increased political tensions are complicating the organization’s attempts to curb the outbreak, said Tedros Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO in Geneva, at a press conference on 12 April. He also appealed for more funding and community outreach.

By: Amy Maxmen/Nature News

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