The Walktober event, originally scheduled for Oct. 6, was cancelled due to concerns about the EEE virus threat. The Connecticut Department of Public Health had issued an advisory statement cautioning against unnecessary trips into mosquito breeding grounds.
“The public health emergency will be maintained for an additional three months”, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference.
“This outbreak remains a complex and dangerous outbreak,” he said, deploring the lack of funding.
The status of a global health emergency is an exceptional measure that has been used by the WHO four times: in 2009 for the Swine flu virus, in 2014 for polio, in 2014 for the Ebola epidemic which killed more than 11,000 in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and in 2016 for the Zika virus.
Last week, the director of the WHO Emergency Program, Michael Ryan, expressed “cautious optimism” that the epidemic was confined to a smaller region.
The DRC health ministry said earlier this week Ebola had returned to Ituri province in the north-east of the country after nearly 300 days without any new cases.
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