WHO to reconsider whether Congo's Ebola outbreak is global emergency

The World Health Organization's emergency committee will reconsider whether the Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak should be deemed an international emergency, according to STAT.

The emergency committee first met in October 2018 and ruled the outbreak was not yet a public health emergency of international concern. Such an emergency declaration would ramp up international resources and research to help end the outbreak, reports Reuters.

The panel of experts will reconvene April 12 to assess the current state of the outbreak and give updated recommendations for how to manage it.

Health officials on April 7 confirmed 16 Ebola cases in the Congo — the most cases reported in a single day since the outbreak started in August 2018. As of April 9, there have been 1,186 confirmed and probable Ebola infections linked to the outbreak, including 751 deaths.

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