Ebola outbreak in DRC: The fifth global health emergency declaration in history

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The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a global health emergency, which many experts say is overdue.

The disease has killed more than 1,600 people, spreading to Uganda and the Rwanda border — and there’s little sign of it abating.

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WHO declares Congo Ebola outbreak international emergency. Picture via Youtube video below

The decision comes after a man died in the city of Goma in the DRC, which is home to about 2 million people and has a busy international airport.  

A global health emergency is not announced lightly; only four have been declared in the past, including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014-’16 that killed more than 11,000 people.

An expert panel had convened three times previously to determine if the situation had escalated enough to count as a global emergency, and determined it had not. Later, internal WHO documents revealed that officials were concerned a declaration would anger the countries involved and hurt their economies.

WHO chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pleaded for countries not to seal their borders to the DRC because it would only hinder the attempts to tackle the epidemic.

A global health emergency will most likely draw more international attention to the outbreak. Experts had long pushed the WHO to declare a global health emergency in the hope of attracting more funding for relief efforts.

OMG! This is really going out-of-control!

[NY Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, AP, The Guardian, Vox]

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  1. White health workers are being attacked & killed for the dark crime if being white. This toxic altruism must stop we are not morally obligated to help people that hate us. Also take note of the fact that in dealing with this epidemic it was actually a consideration to take into account the PC sensibilities of 3rd world field marshals & strutting el suprimos.

    • That might be because Bill Gates sent so-called health care workers into Africa with vaccines designed to kill or sterilize entire villages across the continent. When the workers leave, entire villages die and they know why. I really don’t think that Bill Gates wants the world to be populated with black people. Yes, I can see why they might chase the next group out with machetes.

  2. White people should stop coming to the rescue of Africans until the Africans stop the genocide going on in South Africa and other African nations……

    Give the farms back to the white folks and stop the racial attacks or face your own medical dilemma’s

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