WHO declares international health emergency on Ebola virus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling for an international co-ordinated response to stop and reverse the spread of the Ebola virus.

The countries affected at present - Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria - are struggling with capacity to control the spread of the disease. So the WHO is urging the international community to step in and support however it can as a matter of urgency.

A number of cases of aid workers and other travelers from the region had been identified an being infected when returning to their home countires and are now being treated in hospital. So far, nobody outside of Africa has died from the disease. 

However, WHO advises that countires without Ebola should heightened their surveillance and treat any suspected case as an emergency.

If you would like more information about Ebola, how it's transmitted, what symptoms to look out for, how to treat it, prevent and control it, read our briefing document.

Post date: 08 Aug 2014

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