Outbreak of a flu-like illness could circulate the world in 36 hours and kill 80million people – report

A flu-like illness could travel around the world in 36 hours and kill 80million people, experts have warned. A century ago the Spanish flu pandemic infected a third of the world’s population and killed 50million people. If a similar outbreak Read More …

Ebola outbreak: 2,000 die in Democratic Republic of the Congo

The number of people who have died from Ebola during a year-long outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has now climbed above 2,000. The figure was 2,006 on 28 August, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Read More …

DRC Ebola epidemic is international emergency, says WHO

The Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization has declared, calling for more funds and support to close it down. The second biggest Ebola outbreak ever, after the 2014-16 epidemic Read More …

High-level meeting on the Ebola outbreak in the DRC affirms support for Government-led response and UN system-wide approach

Almost a year after the outbreak of Ebola was declared in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and with the number of new cases at worrying levels, the United Nations hosted a high-level meeting today in Geneva to take Read More …

Ebola in DR Congo: Case confirmed in Goma

The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the eastern city of Goma, a major transport hub. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the case could be a “game-changer” given the city’s population of more Read More …

WHO builds capacity of Priority Countries to use Early Warning and Response tools

The World Health Organization (WHO) is conducting a five-day orientation training to build the capacity of participants from priority countries through theoretical and practical training on two WHO supported tools for epidemiological surveillance and response activities, EWARS-in-a-box and Go.Data. The Read More …

Ebola doctor killed as violence hampers response to outbreak in DRC

A World Health Organization doctor has been killed by armed militia when a hospital at the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo was stormed by rebels. According to IMA World Health, an American aid group, Dr Richard Valery Mouzoko Read More …

Statement on disruptions to the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

WHO and partners are continuing to respond to the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, despite a deterioration of the security situation since yesterday morning. Yesterday our teams in Beni were Read More …