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WHO warns that Ebola in DRC may spread nationally, internationally

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    : *WHO warns Ebola in DRC may spread nationally, internationally* The Democratic Republic of the Congo remains on an “epidemiological knife-edge” regarding the spread of the deadly Ebola disease, in spite of the quick response by authorities and international partners to the threat, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned. Speaking in Geneva at the World Health Assembly, Dr. Peter Salama, WHO Deputy Director-General, who heads Emergency Preparedness and Response, said that there were several reasons why the current outbreak – which has claimed 27 lives since it was declared on May 8 – had yet to be contained. “It’s hard to recall a situation of an outbreak where a Government has responded more quickly and more decisively than in this outbreak,” Salama said. The WHO official added that it was “a multi-partner effort and it’s not over yet. We’re really just at the beginning”. Unlike previous Ebola events in DRC – this is the country’s ninth since 1976 — the 2018 outbreak has been complicated by the fact that it involved rural and urban areas, he said. “This has raised the chances that it might spread both nationally and internationally,” Salama said. -