18 New Cases Sets One-Day Record In Current DRC Ebola Outbreak; WHO Reconvenes Expert Panel To Consider Whether Outbreak Constitutes Emergency

CIDRAP News: DRC sees record-setting day, with 18 Ebola cases
“[Thursday] the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) recorded 18 new cases in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri province, the largest single-day jump since the outbreak began last August. The previous record was 16 cases, on Apr 7…” (Soucheray, 4/10).

Reuters: WHO experts to decide whether Congo Ebola outbreak is international emergency
“The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said it had reconvened an expert panel to consider whether an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo constitutes a public health emergency of international concern…” (Kelland, 4/10).

STAT: WHO asks panel to weigh whether Ebola outbreak is global emergency
“…This will be the second time an emergency committee has been asked to advise WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on whether this outbreak meets the criteria to be declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, known in global health circles as a PHEIC. The committee met in October and though it described the outbreak as very worrying, it recommended against declaring a PHEIC at that time…” (Branswell, 4/10).