Global efforts to tackle the worrying increase in cases of the deadly Ebola virus in three west African countries stepped up a gear on July 31. The World Health Organisation detailed its response to the growing cases. Spokesperson Dr Nestor Ndayimirije described the recent Ebola outbreak as a “cross-border epidemic”, as it’s affecting people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. He said the WHO faced many challenges in fighting Ebola.
West African leaders were to meet with the head of the WHO in Guinea on Friday, August 1, to launch a new response plan. More disease specialists are being deployed to the worst-affected areas to help contain the virus, for which there is no cure. Over 600 people have reportedly died from Ebola in the three affected countries. Credit: YouTube/World Health Organization