World Health Organisation warns Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo may spread national and internationally

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the Democratic Republic of the Congo remains on an “epidemiological knife-edge” regarding the spread of the deadly Ebola disease, in spite of the quick response by authorities and international partners to the threat. Speaking in Geneva at the World Health Assembly, Dr. Peter Salama, WHO Deputy Director-General, who heads Emergency Preparedness and Response, said that there were several reasons why the current outbreak, which has claimed 27 lives since it was declared on May 8th, had yet to be contained.

He noted particularly since the city of Mbandaka, where the disease was identified after first surfacing in the relatively remote Bikoro is close to the Congo river, which acts as the main transport link to Democratic Republic of the Congo’s capital, Kinshasa.