Beating Ebola Fears

WHO head, Dr. Margaret Chan

WHO head, Dr. Margaret Chan

The name Ebola invokes memories of terror and trauma in countries of West Africa. But talk about new threats of the virus and the World Health Organization (WHO) tells you that Ebola is no longer a global public health concern.

WHO announced recently that the public health emergency created by the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone was over. That means Ebola has ceased to be public health challenge of international concerns.

“Ebola transmission in West Africa no longer constitutes an extraordinary event, that the risk of international spread is now low,” WHO Director General Margret Chan said at a meeting of public health experts in Geneva on March 29th.

Ebola spread in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone killed 11,300 deaths and infecting 29,000 people, becoming the deadliest outbreak in the region’s history. The disease first killed a two-year-old boy in Guinea in 2013. Then it spread like a wild fire throughout Guinea, then Liberia and finally Sierra Leone.

Few isolated deaths occurred in Nigeria, the United States, Britain and other countries. WHO declared the virus as an international public health emergency month after the virus started killing its victims.

Speaking at a news conference recently, WHO Director General Chan asked for travel restrictions imposed on countries affected by the virus to be lifted. She said countries now have the capacity to respond rapidly to new virus emergencies.

 

 

Filed in: Mano River Review

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