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WHO convenes emergency meeting after Ebola spreads to Uganda

AFP  |  Geneva 

The World Organization said Wednesday that a key committee would meet following confirmation that an outbreak in had spread to neighbouring

The panel will meet on Friday to determine whether to declare the outbreak "a public of international concern," a major shift in mobilisation against the disease, it said.

The outbreak declared in August has recorded more than 2,000 cases in eastern DRC, two-thirds of them fatal. on Wednesday confirmed that three cases been recorded in the west of the country.

WHO's committee had in October and again in April held off declaring the DRC epidemic an emergency of international concern, in part because the virus remained contained in one part of DRC.

For the committee to make the emergency call, it must determine that the epidemic "carries implications for public beyond the affected State's national border and may require immediate international action," according to WHO.

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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 21:45 IST