WHO makes formal declaration of a global health emergency for Ebola outbreak in Congo due to a “concerning geographical expansion of the virus.” More via email.
The WHO declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) is extremely rare. The four previous instances of a
PHEIC declaration were 2016 (Zika), 2014 (Ebola), 2014 (Polio), and 2009 (Swine Flu).
A PHEIC is defined by WHO as “an extraordinary event which is determined to constitute a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease and to potentially require a coordinated international response”. This definition implies a situation that is:
- serious, sudden, unusual or unexpected;
- carries implications for public health beyond the affected State’s national border; and
- may require immediate international action.
We are awaiting information on the DHS / CDC response to the declaration, including possible travel restrictions, increased surveillance at last points of departure to the U.S., as well as ports of entry…
Read the formal WHO Press Release Here:
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