Friday, 8 August 2014

WHO declares Ebola an International Health Emergency

The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola
Epidemic an International Health Emergency, stating that "a
coordinated international response is deemed essential to
stop and reverse the international spread of Ebola" which
has killed almost a 1000 people in four west African
At an emergency meeting today August 8th, the Geneva
based UN health agency said the declaration of an
international emergency will help in raising the level of
vigilance for transmission of the virus.
WHO advised countries identified to have been infested by
the deadly Ebola virus - Guinea, Nigeria, Sierra Lieone and
Liberia - to declare a state of emergency and that there
should be no general ban on international travel or trade on
these countries. Continue...
Keiji Fukuda, the WHO's head of health security in a
telephone interview with reporters stressed that Ebola is not
a mysterious disease and that with the right steps and
measures to deal with infected people, Ebola's spread could
be stopped.
"This is not a mysterious disease. This is an infectious
disease that can be contained. t is not a virus that is
spread through the air." he said
The WHO says this current outbreak is the most severe in the
almost 40 years since Ebola was first identified in
humans majorly due to the weaknesses in health facilities of
the countries currently affected. It also said inexperience in
dealing with Ebola outbreaks and misconceptions of the
disease, including how it is transmitted, "continue to be a
major challenge in some countries".

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