Ebola outbreak in West Africa no longer poses global risk: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared that Ebola outbreak in West Africa is no longer constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

WHO, a specialized agency of the United Nations has officially declared an end to a nearly 20-month Ebola outbreak emergency that has killed about 11,300 people.

The declaration was made by WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan after accepting the recommendations of a committee of independent experts.

The committee also has called for the lifting of any travel and trade restrictions affecting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Ebola outbreak

Guinea was birthplace of deadliest Ebola outbreak in history and was initially centred on country’s remote south-eastern region of Nzerekore in 2013. Later it had spread to its neighbouring countries Liberia and Sierra Leone and also seven other countries. So far has killed more than 11,300 people in these three worst hit western African nations.

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