Tomorrow Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, the director-general for the World Health Organization (WHO) will reconvene the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations to consider yet again if the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a PHEIC (public health emergency of international concern).

The meeting, which will take place in Geneva at WHO headquarters, is the fourth such meeting held during this outbreak and was triggered by the detection of the first case in Goma, the heavily populated capital of North Kivu province.

Despite steady transmission, acts of violence against response workers, and community resistance, the Emergency Committee has said the outbreak is fairly contained in North Kivu and Ituri province, and is not a global threat. Also, many within the DRC have argued a PHEIC designation would further harm the DRC’s already fragile economy by inhibiting trade.

 

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