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Plea for Ebola to be declared emergency

Plea for Ebola to be declared a global health emergency

A high-profile British government minister has called for the deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo to be declared a global health emergency.

The international development secretary Rory Stewart said the move would help to unlock desperately needed funds.

He made the appeal during a visit to Butembo, one of the areas worst-affected by the virus.

More than 1,500 people have died in the eastern DR Congo since the outbreak began nearly a year ago.

The World Health Organization has so far refused to categorise it as an international emergency.

Source: bbc.co.uk

Electron micrograph of an Ebola virus virion
Electron micrograph of an Ebola virus virion

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