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Ebola outbreak a global health emergency-WHO

By La Shawn Pagán

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the recent Ebola outbreak that has claimed

an estimated of 1,848 lives to be a global public emergency. As numbers escalate, the organization

gave the green light to test the experimental serum on patients who tested positive for the fateful


“A coordinated international response is deemed essential to stop and reverse the international

spread of Ebola,” said the Director-General of the WHO Margaret Chan in Geneva. “Countries

affected to date, simply don’t have the capacity to manage an outbreak of this scale on their own.”

The outbreak, which began in Guinea, has affected two American Doctors who are currently being

treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Nancy Writebol and Kent Brantly, were both

volunteering in Liberia when diagnosed with the illness, soon after were flown out of the country to

be treated in the United States.

Most recently, the outbreak that has been traced back to a two-year old child in Guinea – claimed

the life of Spanish missionary Miguel Pajares, who died in Madrid’s Carlos III Hospital while being

treated with the U.S. – made experimental serum ZMapp.

“In the particular circumstances of this outbreak, and provided that certain conditions are met,

the panel reached consensus that it is ethical to offer unproven interventions with as yet unknown

efficacy and adverse effects, as potential treatment or prevention,” read a statement released by the

WHO that approves the usage of the experimental serum on human patients.

Meanwhile, the Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon briefed members of the press at the United

Nation’s Headquarters in New York, where he urged the international community to respond.

“I urge the international community to respond urgently to the shortage of doctors, nurses and

equipment, including protective clothing and isolation tents – we need all hands on deck,” he

pressed after stating that the most severe countries affected such as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra

Leone had only recently stabilized from a long and painful conflict that disabled their health


In addition, the Secretary General assured that the UN will be working closely with WHO to assess

the situation and to provide resources to strengthen how the latest Ebola outbreak is being dealt


“We need to avoid panic and fear, Ebola can be prevented,” said the Secretary General. “With

resources, knowledge, early action and will, people can survive the disease – Ebola has been

successfully brought under control elsewhere, and we can do I here too.”


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