Ebola outbreak no longer poses global health risk – WHO

606x340_328530“The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is no longer a public health emergency of international concern”

The West African Ebola outbreak no longer constitutes a major risk to international public health, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced on Tuesday.

Ebola has killed an estimated 11,300 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since late 2013. It caused global alarm in mid-2014 as governments and aid agencies rushed to help contain the epidemic.

All original chains of Ebola transmission have now ended, although new clusters of infections continue to occur due to reintroductions of the virus, the WHO said in a statement.

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told a news briefing in Geneva: “I have accepted the Committee’s advice: the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is no longer a public health emergency of international concern.

“However, a high level of vigilance, and response capacity, must be maintained, to ensure the ability of the countries to prevent the Ebola infections, and to rapidly detect, and respond to flare-ups in future”

Sierra Leone and Liberia have not had any new Ebola cases for months.

But a new chain in Guinea has infected eight people, including seven who have died.

“What’s happening right now in Guinea is a new cluster, a little outbreak, related to a re-introduction from the survivor population, so this in some way distinct and is one of the ongoing risks that have to be managed, as the outbreak is brought to its complete conclusion,” said WHO expert Dr. Bruce Aylward. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.