Plea for Ebola to be declared emergency

Plea for Ebola to be declared a global health emergency

A high-profile British government minister has called for the deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo to be declared a global health emergency.

The international development secretary Rory Stewart said the move would help to unlock desperately needed funds.

He made the appeal during a visit to Butembo, one of the areas worst-affected by the virus.

More than 1,500 people have died in the eastern DR Congo since the outbreak began nearly a year ago.

The World Health Organization has so far refused to categorise it as an international emergency.


Electron micrograph of an Ebola virus virion
Electron micrograph of an Ebola virus virion

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