Amid two new worrying developments—the spread of Ebola to the provincial capital Goma and the murders of two response workers in Beni—experts and potential donors took part in a high-level meeting in Geneva today to assess current conditions and build more support for the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) outbreak.

Based on the spread of the virus to Goma, a major transit hub and home to about 1 million people, World Health Organization (WHO) Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said he will reconvene the Ebola emergency committee as soon as possible to consider if developments warrant a public health emergency declaration. The committee has denied the designation three separate times during this outbreak.

In other developments, over the weekend the DRC health ministry reported 27 new cases and today is expected to confirm 12 more.

Credit: CDC Cynthia Goldsmith

Spread to Goma triggers new call for emergency committee deliberations

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