Kinshasa — The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a “public health emergency of international concern”, a rare designation only used for the gravest epidemics.

The year-old Ebola epidemic in eastern DRC, the second-deadliest on record, has largely been contained to remote areas, but this week saw a patient diagnosed with the virus in provincial capital Goma, the first case in a major urban hub.

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