World Health Organization declares an international emergency as Ebola epidemic continues to affect dozens.
World Health Organisation (WHO) said that the West Africa’s Ebola epidemic is an “extraordinary event” and now constitutes an international health risk. WHO also said that there are possiblities of a further international spread of the outbreak, which has killed almost 1,000 people in four West African countries.
“A coordinated international response is deemed essential to stop and reverse the international spread of Ebola,” the WHO said in a statement. “The outbreak is moving faster than we can control it,” the WHO’s director-general Margaret Chan told reporters on a telephone briefing from the WHO’s Geneva headquarters. “The declaration … will galvanise the attention of leaders of all countries at the top level. It cannot be done by the ministries of health alone,” she continued.