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WHO To Convene Emergency Committee To Consider Severity Of, Next Steps In DRC Ebola Outbreak

CIDRAP News: More Ebola cases as WHO weighs emergency declaration
“The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) recorded six more cases of Ebola over the weekend, including three community deaths, which raise more concern about the spread of the disease in the region. The new cases lift the outbreak total to 211, including 135 deaths. Twenty-four suspected cases are still under investigation…” (Soucheray, 10/15).

Reuters: WHO to meet on Congo’s Ebola outbreak as toll soars
“The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday it would convene an emergency committee to decide whether Congo’s Ebola outbreak is a public health emergency of international concern as confirmed cases and deaths from the virus spiraled…” (Mahamba et al., 10/15).

U.N. News: World Health Organization calls crisis meeting over deadly Ebola outbreak in DR Congo
“…The Emergency Committee, scheduled for Wednesday at WHO headquarters in Geneva, will decide whether the outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, and what recommendations should be made to manage the spread of the disease…” (10/15).