WHO asks panel to weigh whether Ebola outbreak is global emergency

The Democratic Republic of Congo was expected to say 18 new Ebola cases had been identified, the highest one-day increase in this outbreak.
A Congolese soldier patrols outside an Ebola treatment center in Butembo. Source: JOHN WESSELS/AFP/Getty Images

With new case numbers rising at an alarming rate, the World Health Organization said Wednesday it will again look at whether the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should be declared a global health emergency.

The announcement that a panel of outside experts — a so-called emergency committee — will meet Friday to debate the question came on a day when the DRC health ministry was expected to say 18 new Ebola cases had been identified. That marked the highest one-day increase

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