Ebola Outbreak in Congo Is Declared a Global Health Emergency
The World Health Organization issued the order; the virus has infected more than 2,500 people and killed nearly 1,700.
By Denise Grady July 17, 2019
The year-old Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo is now considered a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, in a formal declaration that many public health experts called long overdue.
“This is still a regional emergency and by no way a global threat,” said Robert Steffen of the University of Zurich, chairman of the W.H.O. emergency committee that recommended the declaration.