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Risk of Ebola spreading in Europe is very low

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Sporadic cases of Ebola virus disease in Europe are unavoidable. This is due to travel between Europe and affected countries. However, the risk of spread of Ebola in Europe is avoidable and extremely low. European countries are among the best prepared in the world to respond to viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF) including Ebola. There is …

No threat that Ebola is airborne

No threat that Ebola is airborne

Following recent media reports, the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) seeks to clarify that Ebola is not an airborne disease. At this point in time we have no evidence and do not anticipate that the Ebola virus is mutating to become airborne. However, there are real risks and concerns with this outbreak: every …

WHO: Ebola a threat to national security

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Address to emergency session of the UN Security Council: Peace and security in Africa (Ebola) New York, New York, USA, 18 September 2014 Distinguished members of the Security Council, Mr Secretary General, Dr Nabarro. Many of the governments you represent have been helping, with treatment facilities, mobile labs, hundreds of medical staff, and money. I …

Extensive Ebola support from the United States of America

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WHO welcomes the extensive Ebola support from the United States of America GENEVA: 16 September 2014 — WHO welcomes the contribution from the Government of the United States of America to significantly build upon their previous Ebola response in West Africa. The new commitment provides support to the United Nations and to other international partners …

Chinese Gov contributes to Ebola response in West Africa

Chinese Gov contributes to Ebola response in West Africa

GENEVA – WHO welcomes the commitment from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to dispatch a mobile laboratory team to Sierra Leone to enhance the laboratory testing capacity for Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the country. The contribution comes in response to WHO’s appeal for further assistance to Ebola response efforts in Africa …

WHO welcomes Cuban doctors for Ebola response in West Africa

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WHO welcomes the commitment from the Government of Cuba to provide 165 health professionals to support Ebola care in West Africa. The newly announced support includes physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, specialists in infection control, intensive care specialists and social mobilization officers, and will be concentrated in Sierra Leone. “If we are going to go to war …

Ebola 10 September 2014

No threat that Ebola is airborne

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of Congo Epidemiological situation Between 2 and 9 September 2014, there have been 31 more cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), increasing the cumulative number of cases to 62 (14 confirmed, 26 probable, and 22 probable). In total, 35 deaths …

UN to scale-up Ebola response

UN to scale-up Ebola response

New York – The United Nations is expected to have a high-level meeting to discuss efforts to scale-up its response to the Ebola Virus Disease. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will convene leaders gathering in New York for the upcoming high-level segment of this year’s United Nations General Assembly to highlight the urgent needs …

Latest about the Poliovirus outbreak in Cameroon

Latest about the Poliovirus outbreak in Cameroon

In Cameroon, 2 new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported from the East Region, with onset of paralysis on 26 June 2014 and 9 July 2014. Genetic sequencing of these latest isolated viruses confirms continued wild poliovirus circulation, gaps in surveillance resulting in undetected transmission and geographic expansion to new areas of the …

Urgent need for Global Ebola Response

Urgent need for Global Ebola Response

Washington, September 3, 2014 — The United Nations’ senior leadership on Ebola today said they could stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 6 to 9 months, but only if a “massive” global response is implemented. In a Washington, D.C., news conference, Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), said the …