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Ebola: one year anniversary of epidemic in DRC is “unwanted milestone”

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5004 (Published 01 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5004

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Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: time for visionary political leadership

  1. Pat Lok,
  2. Stijntje Dijk
  1. The BMJ

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is grappling with the world’s second largest Ebola epidemic on record, with more than 1800 confirmed deaths and 2600 confirmed infections since the outbreak in the North Kivu province was declared exactly one year ago on 1 August 2018.

WHO declared the outbreak in DRC a “public health emergency of international concern” under the International Health Regulations on17 July, making it the fifth declaration of its kind.

At a press briefing to mark the anniversary WHO confirmed a second death from Ebola virus disease in Goma, a densely populated city of a million people on the border of Rwanda and a gateway for potential further transmission of the disease to other countries. The agency had previously cited …

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