Friday, 8 August 2014

WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Health Emergency

The World Health Organization has declared the "extraordinary" outbreak of Ebola in West Africa an international public-health emergency.

On Friday, it called for a "coordinated international response" to the outbreak, the largest ever, which has claimed 932 lives and spread from Guinea to Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone since it began in December.

"The possible consequences of further international spread are particularly serious in view of the virulence of the virus, the intensive community and health facility transmission patterns, and the weak health systems in the currently affected and most at-risk countries," WHO said in a statement.

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