The World Health Organization 's emergency committee met Friday on the opportunity to declare an Ebola outbreak raging an international threat, after the World Health Organization' s announcement. outbreak of an outbreak that has occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Uganda.
The WHO Scientific Panel, formed in 2005, has used the "public health emergency of international concern" label only four times before.
These include the pandemic H1N1 flu or swine flu of 2009, the spread of poliovirus in 2014, the Ebola outbreak that devastated parts of West Africa from 2014 to 2016 and the outbreak of the Zika virus in 2016.
The current Ebola crisis, which began in eastern DRC last August, recorded more than 2,000 cases, including 1,411 deaths.
The WHO Expert Group, officially known as the International Health Regulations and Emergency Committee, met by teleconference with experts in liaison from Geneva and around the world .
The head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who is in the DRC and who is examining the response to the Ebola virus, will make the final decision regarding an emergency statement based on the committee's opinion.
The WHO delayed the emergency appeal at previous meetings in October and April, in part because the Ebola virus had not spread to the US. International scale.
That changed this week with confirmation that the virus had reached western Uganda, where it has already killed two people.
A Congolese woman – married to a Ugandan woman – as well as her mother, three children and their nanny went to the DRC to care for her sick father, who later died of the Ebola virus.
The WHO reported that 12 family members who had attended the Congo burial had been placed in solitary confinement in the DRC, but six "escaped and went to Uganda" on 9 June.