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Why the WHO’s Emergency Declaration for Ebola Is a Big Deal

The World Health Organization last week drew global attention to a nearly year-old outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), calling it a “public health emergency of international concern.” The designation signals a public health risk to other countries and indicates that a coordinated international response might be needed. The agency based its decision in part on the first confirmed case of Ebola in Goma, a DRC city of nearly two million people on the country’s eastern border with Rwanda. That shift raises the risk that the disease could spread internationally.  Read more....



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