Geneva — The World Health Organisation has raised its assessment of the public health risk that the Democratic Republic of Congo faces from Ebola. DRC now faces a "very high" risk, the WHO said, after the disease was confirmed in one patient in a major city — raising the assessment from "high" previously. The risk to countries in the region has been raised to "high" from "moderate", but the global risk remains "low". The reassessment came after the first confirmed case in Mbandaka, a city of about 1.5-million people. Previous reports of the disease had all been in remote areas where Ebola might spread more slowly. "The confirmed case in Mbandaka, a large urban centre located on major national and international river, road and domestic air routes, increases the risk of spread within DRC and to neighbouring countries," the WHO said. WHO’s deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response, Peter Salama, had told reporters on Thursday that the risk assessment was being rev...

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