“The World Health Organization on Friday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread,” as quoted by Fox News.
Ebola, which has a known death rate of 50 percent to 90 percent of those infected, has become the most wide-spread and longest outbreak, consisting of several months. The New York Times reports that since March of this year, Ebola has reached 932 fatalities in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, as well as nine cases in Nigeria. The New York Times continues to say that with all the reported cases “confirmed, probable and suspected cases, including the fatalities, was 1,711.”
Margaret Chan, the W.H.O. chief, stated, “Countries affected to date simply do not have the capacity to manage an outbreak of this size and complexity on their own. I urge the international community to provide this support on the most urgent basis possible.”
Chan continues to say:
“This is the largest, most severe, most complex outbreak in the nearly four-decade history of the disease.”
There was no mention of stopping international travel. However, the W.H.O. is quick to say in its sixth month, there seems to be no stopping the spread of Ebola. And with no current medical protocol or cure, it makes this a very serious matter to say the least. According to ABC News, W.H.O. is urging all locations where Ebola is spreading to declare a state of emergency. This would include screening every person “leaving international airports, seaports and land crossings, and to prevent travel by anyone suspected of having the Ebola virus.”
A statement was released by the Doctors Without Borders, an international medical organization, where they were calling for a “massive deployment of health specialists to the stricken countries. Lives are being lost because the response is too slow,” as reported by the New York Times.
Bart Janssens, director of operations at Doctors Without Borders revealed:
“Declaring Ebola an international public health emergency shows how seriously W.H.O. is taking the current outbreak; but statements won’t save lives.”
While some experts argue as to what difference it will make by simply declaring Ebola a public health emergency, Fox News reports Dr. Heinz Feldmann, chief of virology at the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, stating, “The situation is very critical and different from what we’ve seen before. There are so many locations with transmission popping up and we just need more people on the ground.”
Dr. Tom Frieden, the director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reveals to Fox News that the CDC has already “elevated their Ebola response to the highest level and have recommended against traveling to West Africa.” Dr. Frieden has also revealed that “the current outbreak is set to sicken more people than all previous outbreaks of the disease combined.”
As reported by Liberty Viral, Dr. Ben Carson of Johns Hopkins University Hospital told Neil Cavuto on Fox News that it was a mistake to bring people infected with Ebola into the United States.
Dr. Carson tells Cavuto that “we are unprepared for the worst case scenario, a potential outbreak in the U.S.”
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