Congo Ebola Outbreak Not a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, WHO Says

April 15, 2019

(CNN) – The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo does not constitute a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization’s director-general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said Friday. Robert Steffen, chairman of the WHO International Health Regulations Emergency Committee, said there is no added benefit in declaring an emergency at this time. “If it stays within a country, it is, by definition, not an issue of international concern,” he explained. However, he emphasized that this does not downplay the situation and said everything must still be done to stop this outbreak.

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