WASHINGTON (October 16, 2018) -- On Wednesday, the World Health Organization will convene an emergency committee meeting to determine if the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo constitutes a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) under the International Health Regulations.
Two Georgetown University Medical Center experts in infectious disease and global health are available to comment on the outbreak and the decision of the committee.
Julie Fischer, PhD, is associate research professor with the department of microbiology and a member of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical Center. She focuses on research and tools to strengthen global capacities for public health preparedness and response. She has also worked on issues related to medical emergency preparedness, and the consequences of biological, chemical, and radiological exposures during military service. Fisher is a microbiologist by training and an expert in infectious diseases. (Fischer is available Tuesday and Wednesday morning).
Rebecca Katz, PhD, MPH, is director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical Center. For more than a decade, Katz has worked to help design systems and implement policies to facilitate a coordinated response to potential microbial outbreaks and pandemics in 22 countries — many low-resourced and developing. She is an expert on the World Health Organization and its International Health Regulations, and can comment on the international response to situations like Ebola. (Katz is available Tuesday and Wednesday morning).
To arrange an interview with either, please contact Karen Teber at email@example.com.
Additional experts on Ebola at Georgetown University can be found here.
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