Uganda, at 'big risk' for Ebola, says Congo is managing well


"The decision to convene the emergency committee is certainly made by people haunted by what happened in 2014", Fischer said.

Peter Salama, MD, the WHO's deputy director-general of emergency response, said that although this outbreak met some of those criteria, the virus was unlikely to be a major global threat.

"The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, WHO, and partners must intensify the current response".

The Ministry of Health has Wednesday come out to inform the general public that there is no confirmed case of Ebola in Uganda.

Uganda has had five Ebola outbreaks since 2000.

"We do have some optimism that this outbreak, just like the one in May, will be brought under control in reasonable time", Robert Steffen, chairman of the WHO International Health Regulations Emergency Committee, said Wednesday.

An Associated Press investigation found World Health Organization delayed declaring the outbreak to be a global emergency for months, partly out of fears such an announcement would anger the African countries involved or hurt their economies.

Declaring a PHEIC, the first since the Latin American Zika virus outbreak in February 2016, would have ramped up the pace of the response, said Jeremy Farrar, head of Britain's Wellcome Trust. It says the risk of global spread is low.

"I think the vaccine is helping", Tedros said. Meanwhile, 18,000 people have been vaccinated against Ebola in Congo, "including 7,000 health/frontline workers and 4,000 children". "We still have more than 250 people working in DRC to end this outbreak", Tedros tweeted.

The four drugs used during the outbreak are ZMapp, developed by San Diego-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc.; remdesivir, developed by Gilead Sciences collaboration with the U.S. government; REGN3470-3471-3479, developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals; and favipiravir, developed by Toyama Chemical of Japan.

North Kivu province is home to more than 1 million displaced people and countless rebel groups.

Now a high-level delegation from the Independent Oversight Advisory Committee of World Health Organization Geneva is in the country and they are visiting the border districts of Kasese, Ntoroko, Bundibugyo and Kabarole to assess further the level of Uganda's preparedness.

Steffan said the committee agreed that declaring an worldwide emergency at this time would hinder efforts to contain the Ebola virus.