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WHO: US experts not needed to fight Ebola outbreak in DRC

04 December 2018 6:02 AM
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The head of the World Health Organisation says it doesn't need experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or any other US government agency to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, insisting: "We can cover it."

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the UN health agency mostly needs the United States to continue the financial and other support it has provided.

He noted the US and many other developed countries have security guidelines that prevent deployments of experts in conflict zones like the Ebola-hit area of eastern DRC. Rebel groups there have complicated efforts to battle what is now the world's second-deadliest Ebola outbreak.

Tedros told reporters on Monday in Geneva: "We can mobilise from other parts, from those institutions who don't have very strict security provisions like that. We can cover it."


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