WHO Calls for Drastic Action Over Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

THE GUARDIAN – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for “drastic action” to fight the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record, as it announced an 11-nation meeting to address the growing crisis.

As of Sunday, 635 cases of haemorrhagic fever – most confirmed to be Ebola – including 399 deaths have been reported across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, making the outbreak the largest ever “in terms of the number of cases and deaths as well as geographical spread,” the WHO said.

It said drastic action was needed, warning of the danger that the virus could jump to other countries. This week the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said the outbreak of the virus, which is deadly in up to 90% of cases, was “out of control”.

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