The head of the World Health Organization is convening a meeting of experts on Wednesday to decide whether the Ebola outbreak should be declared an international emergency after spreading to eastern Congo’s biggest city this week.
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This is the fourth time WHO has convened the group to assess this virus outbreak. The committee has repeatedly declined to make such a declaration, which often brings more international attention and aid.
This week a preacher with Ebola was identified after arriving by bus in Goma, a city of more than 2 million people. WHO now confirms he has died.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus earlier described Ebola’s spread to Goma as a potential “game-changer.” But Congo’s health minister, Dr. Oly Ilunga, insisted the situation was “not a humanitarian crisis.”
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