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Congo's health minister quits over Ebola response changes

Jul. 22, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's Health Minister Oly Ilunga resigned from his post Monday to protest the president's decision to take over management of the response to the Ebola outbreak.  "Following the president's decision to manage the Ebola epidemic at his level, I handed in my resignation as...

Rights group: Iraq government mismanaging water crisis

Jul. 22, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — Increased rainfall in Iraq this year has helped alleviate a water crisis in Basra and may avert the kind of large-scale and violent protests that afflicted the southern province last summer. However, a leading rights group and many Basra residents accuse Iraqi authorities of doing little...

War-weakened South Sudan tries to prepare for Ebola

Jul. 20, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — With the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo now an international emergency , neighboring South Sudan and its war-weakened health system is a major concern, especially after one case was confirmed near its border. Health experts say there is an urgent need to increase prevention...

Congo soldiers, police to enforce Ebola emergency measures

Jul. 18, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Congolese soldiers and police will enforce hand-washing and fever checks now that the deadly Ebola outbreak has been declared an international health emergency , authorities said Thursday. Soldiers and police will "force" people who resist taking the key steps to help contain the disease...

Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency

Jul. 17, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after a case was confirmed in a city of 2 million people . A WHO expert committee declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations health agency to...

AP Explains: Why Ebola is now an international emergency

Jul. 17, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency . More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second-worst outbreak of the disease in history. Wednesday's declaration was sparked by confirmation of a case in...

A timeline of Congo's latest deadly Ebola virus outbreak

Jul. 17, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The latest deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international emergency , the World Health Organization announced Wednesday. Here's a timeline of key events since this outbreak, now the second deadliest of Ebola in history, was declared almost a year ago in a region described as a...

World Health Organization declares the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo a global emergency

Jul. 17, 2019 1:46 PM EDT
GENEVA (AP) — World Health Organization declares the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo a global emergency.

Deaths related to retirement home's virus outbreak rise to 3

Jul. 17, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — Health officials say three people have now died amid a virus outbreak at a northern Virginia retirement community. The Fairfax County Health Department reported the third death Tuesday. Two deaths were reported last week. Officials said they did not know the full medical history of...

UN health agency calls emergency meeting on Ebola outbreak

Jul. 16, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization is convening a meeting of experts on Wednesday to decide whether the Ebola outbreak should be declared an international emergency after spreading to eastern Congo's biggest city this week. This is the fourth time WHO has convened the group to assess...