The UN healthy agency is calling for a global response to the West Africa epidemic, to stop and reverse the spread of the disease

Ebola An International Health Emergency - WHO

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The World Health Organization has declared the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international health emergency.

The Geneva-based United Nations health agency said the possible consequences of further international spread of the outbreak, which has killed almost 1,000 people in four West African countries, are “particularly serious” in view of the virulence of the disease.

It says it is essential to have a coordinated international response in order to stop and reverse the spread of the virus.

WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan said the announcement is “a clear call for international solidarity” but acknowledged that many countries would probably not have any Ebola cases.