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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...

The Latest: US, EU promise support to tackle Ebola

Jul. 15, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Ebola (all times local): 2:55 p.m. The top U.S. diplomat in Geneva says the United States will "provide more in the coming months" to help respond to the Ebola outbreak, while the European Union ambassador says the bloc will examine possibilities to scale up its response....

Congo pastor likely sparked Ebola outbreak spread to Uganda

Jun. 13, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

BWERA, Uganda (AP) — The Congolese pastor who is thought to have caused the Ebola outbreak's spread into Uganda was unknown to health officials before he died of the disease, the World Health Organization's emergencies chief said Thursday. That underlines the problems in tracking the virus as a WHO expert...

The Latest: More dead in family that brought Ebola to Uganda

Jun. 13, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

BWERA, Uganda (AP) — The latest on the Ebola outbreak in Congo and Uganda (all times local): 10:15 p.m. The Congolese Health Ministry says another child has died of Ebola, bringing the death toll to three within the same family that had recently traveled from Congo to Uganda. The 3-year-old boy died as he...

5-year-old dies of Ebola as outbreak crosses Congo border

Jun. 12, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

KASINDI, Congo (AP) — A 5-year-old boy vomiting blood became the first cross-border victim in the current Ebola outbreak on Wednesday, while his 3-year-old brother and grandmother tested positive for the disease that has killed nearly 1,400 people in Congo. The outbreak's spread into Uganda prompted the...

The Latest: UN committee meets Friday on Ebola emergency

Jun. 12, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

KASINDI, Congo (AP) — The Latest on the Ebola outbreak in Africa (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The World Health Organization says an expert committee will meet on Friday to discuss whether to declare the Ebola outbreak a global health emergency. This is the third time the committee is meeting on the current...

Uganda confirms first Ebola case outside outbreak in Congo

Jun. 11, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A child in Uganda has tested positive for Ebola in the first cross-border case of the deadly virus since an outbreak started in neighboring Congo last year, Uganda's health ministry said late Tuesday, in a blow to efforts by health workers who for months sought to prevent...