The Committee made its recommendation based on recent developments, including the first confirmed case in Goma, a city of nearly two million people along the border with Rwanda, and gateway to the rest of DRC and the world.
A PHEIC is defined as, "an extraordinary event which is determined to constitute a public health risk to other states through the worldwide spread of disease and to potentially require a coordinated global response". "It is also crucial that states do not use the PHEIC as an excuse to impose trade or travel restrictions, which would have a negative impact on the response and on the lives and livelihoods of people in the region", said Professor Robert Steffen, chair of the Emergency Committee.
A WHO expert committee had declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations health agency to make the declaration for this outbreak, which other experts say has long met the conditions.
A Congolese health worker administers ebola vaccine to a child at the Himbi Health Centre in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, on July 17, 2019.
The WHO has warned that the nearby countries of Rwanda, South Sudan, Burundi and Uganda are the most at risk, while Central African Republic, Angola, Tanzania, Republic of Congo and Zambia are in a second tier.
World Health Organization says the outbreak still does not constitute an worldwide emergency.
Screening is being performed on all boarders and airports and the country is equipped with an Emergency Treatment Center (ETC) built in Rugerero Sector, Rubavu District to screen and treat Ebola in case of an outbreak.
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Dr Oly Ilunga, health minister for the DRC, previously suggested clinical trials of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine could be held in the country, although not in the outbreak zone where Merck's experimental vaccine is being used.
This is the fifth Public Health Emergency of International Concern with the four being the Swine Flu declaration in 2009, the Polio declaration in May 2014, the Ebola declaration in April 2014 and the Zika Virus declaration in February 2016.
By declaring it as a PHEIC, WHO has placed it in the rare category which includes other unsafe diseases like the Zika epidemic of 2016, flu pandemic of 2009 and also the 2-year Ebola epidemic that killed over 11,000 people in West Africa in 2016.
The announcement pursued a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for EVD in the DRC. It cited a Ugandan health ministry report.
Health workers wearing yellow high-visibility jackets took the temperature of people crossing the border, in both directions.
Officials on Wednesday said the Ebola suspect experienced symptoms in Kyotera, a town in Kyotera district about 50 Kilometres away from Masaka Town.
Nottingham University's Ball said concerted action was needed to end the outbreak, notably increased engagement with affected communities.
An health worker enters an isolation pod to treat a patient at in Beni, Congo.