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Parliamentary questions
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28 August 2018
Question for written answer E-004366-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea (ALDE)

 Subject:  New Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
 Answer in writing 

The latest outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, declared on 1 August 2018, has already caused 97 deaths and there are currently 111 confirmed cases, according to the Congolese Ministry of Health. The WHO has warned that the outbreak has reached a critical zone in the country, in which there are a large number of armed groups and a situation of complete insecurity, which hinders access for medical services and makes it hard to know the full extent of the epidemic.

Bearing in mind the gravity of the Ebola crisis of 2014 and 2015, which resulted in a total of 11 300 deaths and over 28 000 people being infected; and in view of the Parliament’s Resolutions of September 2014 and October 2015; the Foreign Affairs Council’s Conclusions of October, November and December 2014 and March 2015, and the Commission’s Communication on The EU role in global health, I would like to ask the Commission the following questions:
1. In spite of the measures adopted by the Commission when the outbreak started, the number of confirmed cases continues to rise: How have the measures put in place in August been scaled up to respond to the latest events?
2. How it is envisaged that access will be gained to the most critical zones in the country to control the extent of the epidemic?
3. What action will be taken to ensure that this outbreak does not become another global health crisis?
Original language of question: ES 
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