The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo an international health emergency. This announcement comes days after the Congolese Health Ministry said that the virus had spread to Goma. The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee made its decision on Wednesday after having met three other times since the outbreak began last year without choosing to declare it an international health emergency. More than 1,600 deaths have been reported since August 2018, and in June, the first death outside of the DRC was reported when a young boy died in Uganda. The last declaration of an international health emergency was during the West Africa Ebola outbreak that began in 2014.

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