WHO ends Ebola Health emergency

Ebola-West-Africa-Outbreak-2The World Health Organization says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa no longer constitutes an international emergency, saying the remaining isolated cases in the affected countries can be contained.

The deadliest-ever outbreak of the tropical disease emerged in December 2013 killing more than eleven thousand three hundred people, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

WHO Chief, Margaret Chan stressed that all three countries remain vulnerable to flare-ups, including an ongoing cluster of cases in Guinea, which has left five people dead.

She said risk of international spread is now low, and countries currently have the capacity to respond rapidly to new virus emergencies.

She also warned against complacency towards the virus, which remains in “the ecosystem” in West Africa and saying vigilance is crucial, including quick reactions to new cases.


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