Ebola in DRC not a global emergency

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Following a meeting of an expert advisory, it has been determined that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is not a global emergency. ITIJ previously reported that the experts were set to convene. Following the meeting, the committee Chairman Dr Robert Steffen told reporters in Geneva that this “is not an outbreak of global importance.”

Dr Steffen said that, despite the threat of the disease spreading regionally, no case of infection has yet been exported to Congo’s neighbours and international support for tackling the outbreak is in place. “We do have some optimism that this outbreak will be brought under control in reasonable time,” he said.

During the meeting, the committee’s concerns focused on the large number of new cases that have been identified with no discernible link to people already infected and on attacks by armed groups in the region, which are obstructing the work of tracing and treating infection, Dr Steffen said.