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WHO urges 'drastic action' on Ebola, calls 11-nation meeting

Published on Jun 26, 2014 7:50 PM
 

GENEVA (AFP) - The World Health Organization warned on Thursday that drastic steps were needed to fight the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record, calling an 11-nation meeting to address the crisis.

"As the number of deaths and cases of Ebola virus continues to rise in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organisation is warning that drastic action is needed," the UN agency said in a statement.

As of Sunday, 635 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola have been reported, including 399 deaths, making the ongoing outbreak the largest ever "in terms of the number of cases and deaths, as well as geographical spread," WHO said.

The agency was now "gravely concerned (by) the on-going cross-border transmission into neighbouring countries as well as the potential for further international spread," said WHO's regional director for Africa, Dr Luis Sambo.

A Guinean man washing his hands at the entrance of the Sino-Guinean hospital of Kipe in the Ratoma municipality, where the first person infected with the Ebola virus was treated in Conakry, on June 25, 2014. The World Health Organization warned on Thursday that drastic steps were needed to fight the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record, calling an 11-nation meeting to address the crisis. -- PHOTO: AFP 
 
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