Ebola Outbreak in Congo Is Declared a Global Health Emergency

Rebecca Katz, director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University, said in a statement: “Almost all international legal and policy experts agree that the conditions for declaring a public health emergency of international concern were met long ago, so we are delighted to see that the emergency committee and the…

Earlier Ebola Outbreaks, and How the World Overcame Them

The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is only the second-largest in history, but undoubtedly the most frustrating. Scientists are fairly certain they have the medical tools needed for victory: one vaccine that appears to work about 98 percent of the time, another that has worked well in monkeys, and four therapies…

DR Congo Ebola declared public health emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo a public health emergency of international concern. The move should lead to more international support to help tackle the disease. The outbreak in the DRC has killed more than 1,600 people. This week, the first case was detected in…

Ebola in DR Congo: Case confirmed in Goma

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Ebola virus has spread to the city of Goma which has a population of more than a million people The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the eastern city of Goma, home to more than a million people. The health ministry confirmed that…

Fear and mistrust stalk battle to halt spread of Ebola

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe body bag saving lives in DR Congo’s Ebola outbreak There can be few greater challenges than tackling a lethal epidemic. But imagine trying to do so in a conflict zone ravaged by extreme poverty, insecurity and poor communications amid a population where health workers are feared…

Ebola: The impact of militant attacks in DR Congo

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption DR Congo soldiers escort healthcare workers Health teams responding to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo say their efforts are being severely hampered by attacks on medical staff. The virus has spread mainly in the eastern provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, areas occupied by rebel…

For the Third Time, W.H.O. Declines to Declare the Ebola Outbreak an Emergency

For the third time, the World Health Organization declined on Friday to declare the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a public health emergency, though the outbreak spread this week into neighboring Uganda and ranks as the second deadliest in history. An expert panel advising the W.H.O. advised against it because the risk…

Deadly Ebola outbreak ‘not global threat’

Image copyright Getty Images The World Health Organization has decided not to declare a global emergency over the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The WHO said Ebola was “very much an emergency” in the region, but it did not pose a global threat. However, it was damning of countries for giving less…

Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey gives birth to twin boys

Image copyright BBC/Instagram Image caption Pauline Cafferkey gave birth to two baby boys in Glasgow on Tuesday Pauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse who twice survived the deadly Ebola virus, has given birth to twin sons. The 43-year-old worked as a volunteer in Sierra Leone, where an epidemic killed almost 4,000 people, in 2014. Her husband…

New Ebola outbreak in DRC is ‘truly frightening’, says Wellcome Trust director

Image copyright EPA Image caption Nearly 1,400 people have died in a recent outbreak in DR Congo The head of a major medical research charity has called the latest outbreak of Ebola in central Africa “truly frightening”. Nearly 1,400 people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr Jeremy Farrar, the director of the…