“Extraordinary”—But Not a Global Emergency

Rubber gloves are being tightly rationed, vehicles are in short supply, and their isolation ward is a tent with a 5-person capacity.

Health workers in Uganda are lamenting supply shortages after Ebola spread into the country from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, AP reported.

2 people in Uganda have died, and a woman in Kenya is being tested for the disease.

Despite the spread, the WHO called the outbreak an “extraordinary event” on Friday but for the third time opted out of declaring a global emergency, AP reported. The declaration would typically bring more funding—but could also result in sealed borders and cancelled flights.  

Some lambasted the decision, but the DRC’s health minister called it a testament to the country’s effective response.

The head of the deciding committee implored donors to “Step up” to fill a $54 million funding gap.

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