The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee has made a statement on Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Committee decided that the Ebola outbreak in DRC does not constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The Director General accepts these recommendations and WHO advises against the application of any travel or trade restrictions.

The Committee expressed deep concern about the ongoing outbreak which presents challenges around community acceptance and security. The response also continues to be hampered by a lack of adequate funding and strained human resources.

The cluster of cases in Uganda is not unexpected. The rapid response and initial containment is a testament to the importance of preparedness in neighbouring countries. The Committee commends the communication and collaboration between DRC and Uganda. It recognized the heroic work of all responders, who continue to work under extremely challenging and stressful conditions…..more