WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

Panel updates WHO on Ebola outbreak in West Africa

International Health Regulations Emergency Committee met to discuss the Ebola outbreak. | Courtesy of sciencedaily.com
The World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement Tuesday about the recent International Health Regulations Emergency Committee meeting on the Ebola outbreak that occurred in West Africa.

The meeting was held to advise the WHO director-general about whether Ebola remains a public health emergency of international concern, whether current temporary recommendations should be extended and whether new temporary recommendations should be mandated.

The committee advised the WHO to maintain the public health emergency of international concern state of Ebola. The committee also said that the current temporary recommendations should be lengthened. The decisions were made even though there has been a significant decrease in the number of Ebola cases since April 2015.

Representatives from Guinea and Sierra Leone gave presentations about the current epidemiological situation taking place within their countries. They discussed the response operations progress, exit screening and contact tracing.

Liberia provided a written statement about the three most recently confirmed Ebola cases that were found in Margibi County. The statement also described the actions currently being taken to determine the infection’s primary source, the investigation of the cases, isolating and managing the cases and identifying and following contacts.

The committee meeting was held via teleconference and electronic correspondence from July 2 to July 6.

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