Here's the 10th outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the most severe in the Central African nation since 1976, when scientists first identified the virus near the eponymous Ebola River.
The disease reached Goma, a city of almost two million people; the outbreak has raged for a year; the virus has flared again in spots where it had once been contained; and the epidemic hot zone has geographically expanded.
Americares is delivering the supplies to longtime partner International Medical Corps, which operates an Ebola Treatment Center in North Kivu Province in addition to supporting local health care workers and health facilities in Ebola-affected areas.
According to a WHO statement, the Committee "cited recent developments in the outbreak in making its recommendation, including the first confirmed case in Goma, a city of nearly two million people on the border with Rwanda, and the gateway to the rest of DRC and the world".
Outbreak becomes the second biggest ever, with 426 cases and 245 deaths, the health ministry says.
Jonathan Ball, a professor of molecular virology at Britain's University of Nottingham, said the latest cases showed current efforts were not effective enough to halt the epidemic, which "is showing no signs of letting up". Its border with Uganda is more than 540 miles long. Previous emergencies were declared for the devastating 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in West Africa that killed more than 11,000 people, the emergence of Zika in the Americas, the swine flu pandemic and polio eradication. In the United States, the Agency for International Development said it would "scale up life-saving support" to help end the outbreak.
"The committee is concerned that a year into the outbreak, there are worrying signs of possible extension of the epidemic", Wednesday's committee report said.
Health workers wearing yellow high-visibility jackets took the temperature of people crossing the border, in both directions.
"While the progress we've seen in developing new drugs and vaccines against Ebola is remarkable, we need to make further biological breakthroughs and match them with a political breakthrough", said ASTMH President Chandy C. John, MD, MS, FASTMH.
So far, tests on traders at the market had however not found any infected with the virus, said ministry spokesman Emmanuel Ainebyona.
World Health Organization has taken a few measures to control the outbreak by requesting travel restrictions, but didn't support to stop it, as it can negatively affect the situation.
The committee underscored the need to protect livelihoods of the people most affected by the outbreak by keeping transport routes and borders open. Officials from the Rwandan and South Sudanese governments told Reuters they saw no reason to close their borders with Congo.
But the cases of the fishmonger and of a pastor who died this month after travelling to Goma, a city of 2 million and a gateway to other countries in the region, served to galvanize it into action.