Congo Ebola outbreak declared global health emergency

Congo Ebola outbreak declared global health emergency
Geneva: The latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) after a case was reported in a city with a population of two million.

A WHO expert committee on Wednesday issued the declaration, days after a single case was reported in the city of Goma, in northeastern Congo, near the Rwandan border. Goma also has an international airport.

Additionally, a sick Congolese fish trader traveled to Uganda and back while symptomatic. He later died of Ebola complications.

The WHO expert committee had previously denied the emergency declaration on three occasions, despite more than 1,600 deaths in Congo during the latest outbreak.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said after the announcement that though the risk of regional spread remains high, the risk of spread outside the region is low.

WHO defines a global health emergency as an extraordinary event that could potentially constitute a risk to other countries and requires a coordinated international response.