Travel curbs to DRC could hurt Ebola policies - AU official

Congolese Ebola victim may have entered Rwanda, says WHO

On Wednesday, the WHO, reflecting growing concerns that the outbreak might spread, declared an worldwide health emergency, a rare designation aimed at galvanising global support.

This is only the fifth time the agency has made the declaration following the swine flu epidemic of 2009, the spread of polio in 2014, the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the Zika virus epidemic of 2016.

Some experts believe the emergency declaration for the Congo epidemic has been long overdue.

In December 2018, Taiwan abandoned a planned US$1 million donation to the World Health Organization to combat Ebola, citing political factors.

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has previously stated that the attacks need to stop in order for responders to do their work and stop the spread of the virus.

"Travel or trade restrictions will serve no useful goal - already there have been more than 75 million screenings for Ebola at Congo border crossings and other checkpoints".

Before a disease outbreak can be declared an global health emergency, it must meet three criteria, according to WHO: The emergency must be an "extraordinary event".

WHO emergency committee falls short of declaring a public health emergency of worldwide concern, but warns it will worsen unless the response is stepped up.

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"I am vaccinated and I protect myself against Ebola", said Zoe Kibwana, 46, a shoe salesman who does business in Uganda, just 70 kilometres from Beni. NPR health correspondent Nurith Aizenman said such a designation is a "technically symbolic gesture" that could help spur global funding for emergency response.

"CDC stands ready to support our USA government and worldwide partners in limiting the spread of Ebola, improving the human condition, and bringing this outbreak to an end".

This week, the first case was detected in Goma, home to more than a million.

The risk of regional spread is high, the World Health Organization said after announcing the emergency, but allayed fears that the risk of the virus spreading outside the region was not high.

The Congolese fishmonger vomited multiple times at Mpondwe, a market across the border in Uganda on July 11, a few days before she died, the WHO said on Wednesday, citing a Ugandan Health Ministry report.

He said that while he "accepts" WHO's decision, he hoped it was not "the result of pressure from different groups... who want to use the statement as an opportunity to raise funds for humanitarian actors". "As we speak there is no Ebola disease outbreak in Uganda, but the mass movement of people suggests that it can happen", he said.

Instead of this targeted vaccination strategy, "we should have a geographic approach, meaning that if someone is infected coming from a village, we would not only vaccinate the contacts and the contacts of contacts, we would vaccinate the whole village", she said.

He said this would "impede our ability to effectively control the virus". The U.N. assigned an emergency response coordinator, David Gressly, who has experience in Congo with local conflicts.

"Our greatest need now is for those with power to identify an effective strategy for containing the disease and to come to the aid, via the United Nations, of our government and population".

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