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Ebola Now a Global Emergency
   2014-08-08 17:01:38    Xinhua/CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Zhang

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Friday that the Ebola outbreak raging in West Africa constitutes an international public health emergency.

The WHO emergency committee said the killer Ebola epidemic is a public health risk to other states after a two-day emergency session behind closed doors in Geneva.

After the declaration, global travel restrictions may be put in place to halt the virus' spread.

The WHO urged a coordinated international response to stop and reverse the spread of the virus.

The largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded began in Guinea in December 2013, and now involves transmission in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

Statistics from the WHO showed 1,711 cases, including 932 deaths, have been reported as of Aug. 4.

The WHO will convene a panel of experts in medical ethics early next week to explore the use of experimental treatment in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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