Ebola an international crisis?


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The World Health Organization (WHO) began a two-day emergency meeting on west Africa’s Ebola epidemic, to decide whether to declare it an international crisis after the death toll neared 1,000 on August 6. To date, the WHO has not issued global-level recommendations – such as travel and trade restrictions – related to the outbreak which began in Guinea and has spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. The latest official toll across west Africa hit 932 deaths since the start of the year, with 1,711 confirmed cases in the region. In Liberia’s capital Monrovia, where the dead have been left unburied on the streets or abandoned in their homes, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appealed for divine intervention and ordered three days of fasting and prayer.

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