WHO, West African Officials Coordinate Efforts To Slow Ebola Outbreak

News outlets summarize actions and warnings surrounding the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Agence France-Presse: WHO urges ‘drastic action’ on Ebola, calls 11-nation meeting
“The World Health Organization on Thursday called for ‘drastic action’ to fight the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record, as it announced an 11-nation meeting to address the growing crisis…” (Larson, 6/26).

Agence France-Presse: Medics vent anger at government inaction over Ebola
“In a hospital in the Guinean capital Conakry, a doctor can barely conceal his anger over the Ebola crisis sweeping the country and the officials who once made hopeful pronouncements about the end of the outbreak…” (Bah/Dosso, 6/26).

Al Jazeera: WHO calls urgent 11-nation meeting on Ebola
“…The WHO said it would convene a meeting of the health ministers from 11 countries in Accra, Ghana on July 2 and 3 to address the growing crisis…” (6/26).

IRIN: Fighting Ebola and its myths
“A months-long battle to bring West Africa’s Ebola outbreak under control has stretched medical teams to the limit, while mistrust in some communities has impaired prevention work and raised questions about the delivery of health warnings…” (6/26).

NPR: Could The Ebola Outbreak Spread To Europe Or The U.S.?
“…[S]hould Europe and the U.S. begin worrying about the virus? ‘The chance of Ebola spreading out of West Africa is very, very low,’ says infectious disease specialist Kamran Khan, with St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. ‘But if it did spread, Paris is probably the first city on the list’…” (Doucleff, 6/25).

Reuters: West African nations should be prepared for Ebola — WHO expert
“West African nations neighboring those hit by the Ebola epidemic including Mali, Ivory Coast, Senegal, and Guinea Bissau should prepare for the possible arrival of travelers carrying the deadly virus, the World Health Organization said on Friday…” (Nebehay, 6/27).

WHO: Ebola challenges West African countries as WHO ramps up response
“The emergence of an Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa in 2014 has become a challenge to the three countries involved, as the governments of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone work intensively with WHO and other partners to ramp up a series of measures to control the outbreak…” (6/26).

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