The latest outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed hundreds. It is spreading alarm through neighboring countries and affecting trade.
Hours after a third case of Ebola was reported in the Congolese border town of Goma, a Rwandan minister said the country's border with the DRC had been closed. Rwanda's Health Ministry later denied the closure.
A first case of Ebola arriving in Goma, Congo's eastern border hub, amounts to a potential "game-changer," warns the World Health Organization. It's called an appraisal meeting in Geneva while urging calm in Goma.
A year after the outbreak of Ebola in eastern Congo, the government and aid organizations have still not succeeded in bringing the disease under control. There are many reasons for this, says Dirke Köpp.
Declaring a global health emergency could galvanize aid to fight the Ebola epidemic in the DR Congo. It could also make the job of containing the virus much more difficult. The WHO's decision proved controversial.
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