WHO plans emergency meeting over Congo's Ebola outbreak

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The World Health Organization will hold an emergency committee meeting Oct. 17 in Geneva to discuss whether the Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak represents an international public health emergency.

The WHO's emergency committee will also decide what recommendations should be made to contain the virus' spread. 

The organization on Sept. 28 elevated the national and regional risk of the outbreak from "high" to "very high," although the global outbreak risk is still low. The WHO has not imposed any trade or travel restrictions in the Congo.

Health officials confirmed 39 new Ebola cases from Oct. 1-11. The outbreak, which began Aug. 1, has caused more than 130 deaths.

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