WHO declares Ebola outbreak 'health emergency' of international concern

What you need to know:

  • The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said it "welcomed" the decision.

  • More than 1,600 people have died from Ebola since August 1, when the haemorrhagic virus erupted in DR Congo's North Kivu and spread to neighbouring Ituri.

The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a "public health emergency of international concern," a rare designation only used for the gravest epidemics.

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