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|DR Congo Ebola declared public health emergency |
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo a public health emergency of international concern.
The move should lead to more international support to help tackle the disease.
|The outbreak in the DRC has killed more than 1,600 people.||The outbreak in the DRC has killed more than 1,600 people.|
This week, the first case was detected in the city of Goma, which is home to more than a million people.
Declaring a Public Health Emergency of International Concern is one of the most important acts the WHO can take.
It has done so only four times before - including for an Ebola outbreak in West Africa which killed more than 11,000 people.