W.H.O holds crucial meeting to stop Ebola from spreading from DR Congo

The World Health Organization (WHO) is to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the risk of Ebola spreading from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A panel will decide today whether to declare a “public health emergency of international concern”, which would trigger a larger response.

At least 44 people are believed to have been infected in the current outbreak and 23 deaths are being investigated.

WHO said that of the 44 Ebola cases reported, three are confirmed, 20 are probable, and 21 are suspected.

On Wednesday more than 4,000 doses of an experimental vaccine sent by the who arrived in Kinshasa with another batch expected soon.

The vaccine, from pharmaceutical firm Merck, is unlicensed but was effective in limited trials during the West Africa outbreak.

 

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