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WHO decides not to declare global emergency following Ebola epidemic in Congo | New



The World Health Organization (WHO) has decided not to declare a global emergency in the face of the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The WHO yesterday acknowledged that the Ebola virus was "an emergency" in this region, but said that it was not a global threat.

However, the global body has been critical of countries that it says provide less than half of the money needed to fight the disease.

The Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo – the second largest in history – claimed the lives of more than 1,400 people.

This week, Ebola cases have been detected at the border between Congo and Uganda, although the virus has not spread there yet.

Declaring a public health emergency of international importance is one of the most important things that WHO can do.

She had only done it four times before, including for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa between 2013 and 2016, which killed more than 11,000 people.

The statement usually triggers international funding and resources to help fight the epidemic.

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