SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

U.N. Security Council to hold emergency session on Ebola outbreak

The United Nations announced on Monday that the Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Sept. 18 to discuss the ongoing Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

The meeting was requested by the U.S. to address the increasingly urgent situation in the region. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other senior U.N. will speak on combating the outbreak.

"The trend lines in this crisis are grave and without immediate international action we are facing the potential for a public health crisis that could claim lives on a scale far greater than current estimates and set the countries of West Africa back a generation," Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said.

The Security Council also adopted a resolution on Monday that extended the U.N. Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) until Dec. 31 of this year.

Karin Landgren, the head of UNMIL, informed the Security Council last week about the devastating effects of the Ebola outbreak on Liberia.

"The speed and scale of the loss of lives, and the economic, social, political and security reverberations of the crisis, are affecting Liberia profoundly," Landgren said.

More than 4,000 cases of Ebola have already been reported across West Africa. More than 2,200 people have died from the outbreak.