The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola Epidemic an International Health Emergency, stating that “a coordinated international response is deemed essential to stop and reverse the international spread of Ebola” which has killed almost a 1000 people in four west African countries.
“This is not a mysterious disease. This is an infectious disease that can be contained. t is not a virus that is spread through the air.” he said
The WHO says this current outbreak is the most severe in the almost 40 years since Ebola was first identified in humans majorly due to the weaknesses in health facilities of the countries currently affected. It also said inexperience in dealing with Ebola outbreaks and misconceptions of the disease, including how it is transmitted, “continue to be a major challenge in some countries”.