2nd Ebola Death In Uganda After Disease Spreads From DRC; WHO Committee To Meet To Discuss Whether To Declare International Emergency

Associated Press: 2nd Ebola death in Uganda after outbreak crosses border
“A second person infected with the Ebola virus has died in Uganda, the health ministry said Thursday, after a family exposed to the disease quietly crossed the border from Congo. … The family’s case shows the challenges in tracking those infected in an outbreak where an alarmingly high percentage of cases aren’t discovered until it is too late. … Authorities in both countries now vow to step up border security. Five family members who did not cross into Uganda have tested positive for Ebola, Congo’s health ministry said…” (Muhumuza, 6/13).

NPR: WHO Weighs Debating Global Health Emergency As Ebola Spreads In Africa
“The World Health Organization is considering whether to declare the current Ebola outbreak in central Africa a global health crisis after new cases spread to Uganda from neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the disease has already killed nearly 1,400 people. … A WHO expert committee on the outbreak was scheduled to meet for a third time on Friday in Geneva, where it will discuss whether to declare a global health emergency…” (Neuman, 6/13).

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