WHO calls emergency meeting on Congo's Ebola outbreak

WHO calls emergency meeting on Congo's Ebola outbreak

The U.N. World Health Organization will convene an Emergency Committee on Friday to consider the international risks of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said on Thursday.

A health worker is sprayed with chlorine after visiting the isolation ward at Bikoro hospital, whic
FILE PHOTO: A health worker is sprayed with chlorine after visiting the isolation ward at Bikoro hospital, which received a new suspected Ebola case, in Bikoro, Democratic Republic of Congo May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jean Robert N'Kengo

GENEVA: The U.N. World Health Organization will convene an Emergency Committee on Friday to consider the international risks of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said on Thursday.

The expert committee will decide whether to declare a "public health emergency of international concern", which would trigger more international involvement, mobilising research and resources, Lindmeier said.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg)

Source: Reuters

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