Global Ebola Emergency - Low Risk in Europe

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Ebola global emergency: low risk in Europe
09.08.2014

The West African Ebola epidemic has claimed almost 1,000 lives. The World Health Organization (WHO) has now responded to this with its most stringent instrument and declared the epidemic an international health emergency. The danger in Europe is "extremely low."


Almost 1,000 deaths from Ebola epidemic The Ebola epidemic, which has been raging in West Africa for months, has already claimed nearly 1,000 lives. The World Health Organization (WHO) has now responded to this with its most stringent instrument and has declared the disease to be an international health emergency. The UN organization can now issue internationally binding regulations to combat the epidemic. A total of 1,779 confirmed and suspected cases were reported to the WHO by the affected countries by August 6, and 961 people are said to have died.

Spreading to other parts of the world must be prevented Now all states are obliged and urged to do more to help contain the plague in West Africa, both with money and with medication, medical facilities and specialists. According to the Director General of the WHO, Margaret Chan in Geneva, it must be prevented from spreading to other parts of the world. The countries already affected need extensive help. Chan said according to a message from the dpa news agency: "You simply do not have the capacity to cope with an eruption of this size and complexity."

Containing the outbreak at the earliest in three to six months The head of operations at the MSF aid organization, Bart Janssens, responded to the new measures by the UN organization: “Declaring Ebola an international health emergency shows how seriously the WHO takes the outbreak; but statements do not save lives. ”He went on to say:“ It took life to act too slowly. ”MSF is on the job with over 670 helpers. US epidemic protection estimates that the current Ebola epidemic will affect more people than all other outbreaks before. The Director of the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden believes that the outbreak can be contained at the earliest in three to six months.

Decision makes it possible to close borders, among other things. Ms. Chan's decision followed a recommendation by the virus and disease experts of the WHO emergency committee. According to the health regulations agreed by the WHO member states in 1969, quarantine measures such as the closing of borders and restrictions in international travel would now be possible. As stated in the catalog of recommendations of the emergency committee, no general bans on travel or international trade have so far been required. The WHO said that all states should take preventive measures to quickly identify Ebola cases and isolate and treat infected people. Among other things, this includes the investigation of travelers from Ebola regions, for example at airports and border crossings.

At Frankfurt Airport there is information about Ebola There has already been a reaction at Frankfurt Airport, there is Ebola information material for passengers from Nigeria, which is intended to explain the Ebola symptoms, transmission routes and the course of the disease. According to the WHO, the first symptoms of an Ebola infection can be observed after an incubation period of two to 21 days. The infectious disease usually begins with flu-like symptoms such as body aches, headaches, sore throats and fever. In the further course, sufferers experience massive diarrhea, blood in the stool and urine, nausea and vomiting as well as internal and external bleeding.

Danger for Europe “extremely low” Several authorities and institutions again emphasized that Ebola did not pose a threat to people in Europe. EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg said that the risk for EU citizens is "extremely low". Of the West African countries affected, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, so far only Liberia and Sierra Leone have declared a state of emergency. The WHO has only announced an international health emergency three times. Currently due to Ebola and previously in May 2014 due to the spread of polio in Pakistan and Afghanistan and in 2009 due to the spread of swine flu. (ad)

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