The WHO Emergency Committee convened in October 2018 to determined that the Ebola outbreak in the DRC did not constitute a PHEIC. Since then, the outbreak has tripled in size (now the 2nd largest ever) and expanded in geographic area, and some are calling for the WHO to revisit the PHEIC issue before the situation worsens any further.
As the ongoing Ebola outbreak in DRC surpasses the 2000-01 outbreak in Uganda as the second largest ever recorded, experts are calling for additional resources and improved planning to address security and community engagement challenges to bring an end to the current outbreak and mitigate the effects of similar outbreaks in the future.
A Nipah virus outbreak has been reported in southern India. India has faced 2 Nipah outbreaks in the past—most recently in 2007—but the current one is in a new location more than 1,000 miles away. Also, a brief update on the Ebola outbreak in DRC.
The Ebola outbreak declared last week in DRC has since spread to new geographic areas. Has the outbreak response evolved to keep pace with the threat?
Ebola has resurfaced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, alarming public health officials. We compare what is known about the outbreak with another outbreak of Ebola which struck the DRC last year.