Monday, 13 October 2014

WHO says Ebola is 'most severe acute health emergency in modern times'

The Ebola outbreak is the "most severe acute health emergency in modern times", the World Health Organisation has warned.
The agency's director-general Margaret Chan said the epidemic had proved "the world is ill-prepared to respond to any severe, sustained, and threatening public health emergency".
She added that new cases of Ebola are now "rising exponentially" in the three hardest-hit countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
In a statement to a regional health conference in the Philippine capital Manila, she said: "I have never seen a health event threaten the very survival of societies and governments in already very poor countries.
"I have never seen an infectious disease contribute so strongly to potential state failure."

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