The World Health Organization (WHO) has decided not to declare a global health emergency in response to the Ebola outbreak that’s currently taking place in Africa, despite large numbers of people dying every day. The outbreak started in August of 2018 and is so far the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. As of today, 1,206 people have been infected and 764 people have been killed. The number of cases has grown steadily in the past three weeks, with 18 new cases of Ebola diagnosed on Wednesday and 20 new cases diagnosed on Thursday. Thirteen people died of Ebola yesterday. Advertisement WHO assembled an emergency panel of experts in Geneva today to determine whether the Ebola outbreak, which is currently in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), should warrant a heightened international response. “Although there was great concern about some raising numbers in some regions the outbreak has not spread internationally,” Professor Robert Steffen, Chair of the Emergency Committee, said on a call with reporters this afternoon. While not declaring a global health emergency, Steffen stressed that the decision does “not mean we can lean back and relax.” It’s the tenth Ebola outbreak in the DRC in the past… Read full this story
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