West Africa gets help for “unprecedented” Ebola outbreak

Sunday, July 6, 2014
By Paul Martin

Jul 05, 2014

West African countries and international health authorities at a United Nations-backed emergency summit have adopted a strategy covering a range or priorities, including strengthening cross-border collaboration, to combat the world’s deadliest Ebola outbreak, which has killed hundreds of people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The two-day Emergency Ministerial meeting on Ebola Virus Disease, convened by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) in Accra, Ghana, wrapped up with Health Ministers pledging to strengthen surveillance to detect cases of the virus, and boost local community engagement, among other priorities to rein in the unprecedented outbreak, with reports of more than 750 cases and 445 deaths in the affected countries since March.

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