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Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Time to sound a global alarm?



The epidemic of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the second largest in history after the 2014 West African epidemic. A storm of harmful factors complicates this event: armed conflict, political instability and mass displacement. The WHO, the DRC government and non-governmental organizations (NGO) partners have shown remarkable leadership but are hard-hit. The outbreak remains far from controlled and risks a long-term epidemic with regional, perhaps global consequences.

In the face of a growing complex humanitarian crisis and recent elections, the WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus should reconstruct the Emergency Committee (EC) and consider declaring a health risk to international concern (PHEIC). The first EC report of 1
7 October 2018 called for "intensified" action which feared "significant deterioration".

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WHO Declaration of the October 2018 meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee on Ebola Virus disease outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo.