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WHO Declares End To Ebola As Public Health Emergency Of International Concern

News outlets report on statements from the WHO IHR Emergency Committee on Ebola and Director-General Margaret Chan declaring an end to Ebola as an international health emergency.

Associated Press: WHO: Ebola no longer world health emergency
“The World Health Organization said Tuesday that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa no longer qualifies as an international health emergency, although it cautioned that male survivors can infect their sexual partners for up to a year after recovering…” (Larson, 3/29).

The Hill: WHO declares end to Ebola emergency
“The World Health Organization on Tuesday declared the Ebola virus is no longer a public health threat, marking the end of a 20-month global emergency that left [more than] 11,000 people dead…” (Ferris, 3/29).

New York Times: Emergency Over Ebola Has Ended, WHO Says
“…Dr. Margaret Chan, the director general of the WHO, said in a news briefing that she was accepting the recommendation of an emergency committee, which concluded that West African countries had the ability to contain the small number of new cases that continued to arise, and that ‘the likelihood of international spread is low’…” (Belluck, 3/29).

PBS NewsHour: The Ebola public health emergency is over, WHO declares
“…Despite the decision, one of the three countries at the heart of the outbreak, Guinea, is still in a state of high alert because of a recent cluster of five confirmed cases and three probable cases…” (Branswell, 3/29).

Reuters: West Africa Ebola outbreak no longer poses global risk: WHO
“…All original chains of virus transmission have now ended, although new clusters of infections continue to occur due to reintroductions of the virus, the WHO said in a statement…” (Nebehay, 3/29).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. declares Ebola public health emergency over; urges ‘high vigilance’ against flare-ups
“…WHO has kept hundreds of its own experienced staff in the three countries, ready to contribute to the kind of emergency response needed to quickly interrupt transmission chains, and for the first time in any Ebola outbreak, response teams have access to vaccination as a powerful containment tool, [Chan] added…” (3/29).

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