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Available Expert - Ebola outbreak now an international health emergency

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Queen’s University Chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases Gerald Evans is available to comment on the World Health Organization confirming the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency. More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second-worst outbreak of the disease in history.

“I agree with the WHO declaration that the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the DRC is a public health threat of international concern,” says Dr. Evans. “This outbreak that started nearly a year ago, is now the second largest outbreak of this killer virus following the outbreak in west Africa, which caused over 11,000 deaths from 2014-16. It’s arrival in the city of Goma with a population of over two million people has the potential to cause catastrophic spread of Ebola in Africa and beyond. As a global community, we need to take this threat very seriously.”

Dr. Evans is a former President of the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (AMMI) Canada, the professional society for Medical Microbiologists and Infectious Disease physicians in Canada.

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