Makiko Kitamura: “Ebola Declared International Public Health Emergency” – Bloomberg

Posted on :Aug 08, 2014

By: Makiko Kitamura

Bloomberg

August 8, 2014

The worst Ebola outbreak on record is a public health emergency that threatens nations outside the four in West Africa where the virus is spreading, the World Health Organization said.

The Geneva-based United Nations health agency stopped short of recommending a general travel and trade ban, saying only that infected people shouldn’t cross borders except as part of an official medical evacuation. Affected countries should work with airlines to ensure proper care for crews based there and enable quick identification of passengers who may have had contact with infected people, the WHO said.

“The possible consequences of further international spread are particularly serious in view of the virulence of the virus,” the WHO said today in a statement. “A coordinated international response is deemed essential to stop and reverse the international spread of Ebola.”

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