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Thursday, March 31, 2016

#GoodNews:Ebola is no longer world health emergency-WHO

Ebola outbreak in West Africa no longer constitutes a global health emergency according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This was announced at a teleconference on Tuesday in Geneva.

The statement by Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of WHO reads,
“Ebola transmission in West Africa no longer constitutes an extraordinary event, the risk of international spread is now low, and countries currently have the capacity to respond rapidly to new virus emergencies,” 
"The original Ebola outbreak has come to an end," said Robert Steffen, vice chairman of WHO's expert advisory panel on Ebola. Complacency at this stage would be completely wrong."
The decision by WHO's Ebola Emergency Committee at its 9th meeting comes following flare-ups that emerged in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone after authorities declared virus transmission over. The new cases sometimes were publicized only hours after the public announcements were made.

While there have been flare-ups of new cases, health authorities said Tuesday those were not linked to the original chains of transmission dating back to December 2013.

The agency however cautioned that male survivors can infect their sexual partners for up to a year after recovering.  They should periodically have their semen tested for the virus, and Ebola vaccination should continue in people who have close contact with Ebola survivors with persistent virus.

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