Ebola international health emergency, UN declares - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Ebola international health emergency, UN declares

Posted: Updated:
The World Health Organization said it is the worst outbreak in four decades of tracking the disease. (Source: CNN) The World Health Organization said it is the worst outbreak in four decades of tracking the disease. (Source: CNN)

GENEVA (CNN) - The U.N.’s World Health Organization has declared the Ebola epidemic an "international health emergency."

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are battling the Ebola virus with at least 932 people killed in those countries.

Cases are also showing up in Nigeria.

The WHO declaration comes after two days of emergency meetings.

The United Nations health agency described this as the worst outbreak in 40 years of tracking the disease.

Officials said "a coordinated international response" is needed to contain Ebola.

The United States is sending experts to Liberia, including 12 specialists from the CDC and Prevention, and a 13-member disaster assistance response team from the U.S. Agency for International Development, also called USAID.

Two Americans who were in Liberia are undergoing treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Copyright 2014 CNN. All rights reserved.

 

  • Ebola outbreakMore>>

  • 4th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

    4th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

    Sunday, September 14 2014 11:05 AM EDT2014-09-14 15:05:03 GMT
    A top medical official in Sierra Leone says a fourth doctor has died of Ebola in the country after a failed bid to transfer her abroad for treatment.More >>
    Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola after a failed effort to transfer her abroad for medical treatment, a government official said Sunday, a huge setback to the impoverished country that is battling the virulent...More >>
  • Sierra Leone requests funds for Ebola evacuation

    Sierra Leone requests funds for Ebola evacuation

    Saturday, September 13 2014 3:09 PM EDT2014-09-13 19:09:41 GMT
    Sierra Leone has requested funds from the World Health Organization to evacuate a doctor sickened with the deadly Ebola disease.More >>
    The World Health Organization said Saturday it could not meet a request from Sierra Leone to evacuate a doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola disease.More >>
  • Rampant Ebola fear takes toll on Africa tourism

    Rampant Ebola fear takes toll on Africa tourism

    Saturday, September 13 2014 12:49 PM EDT2014-09-13 16:49:50 GMT
    Ebola is thousands of miles away from Kenya's pristine Indian Ocean beaches, but the deadly disease appears to be discouraging tourism there and elsewhere in this vast continent.More >>
    Ebola is thousands of miles away from Kenya's pristine Indian Ocean beaches, but the deadly disease appears to be discouraging tourism there and elsewhere in this vast continent.More >>
Powered by WorldNow