WHO declares Ebola outbreak in the DRC a public health emergency

23 July 2019

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On 17 July 2019,  the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The declaration was made after a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee (IHREC) for EVD in the DRC where recent developments in the outbreak, including the first confirmed case in Goma, a city of almost two million people on the border with Rwanda, and the gateway to the rest of DRC and the world, were reported.

In recommending a PHEIC, the committee made specific recommendations related to this outbreak.

Source: WHO, 17 July 2019