UN’s health agency warns that ‘high impact epidemics’ (think: ebola) are the ‘new normal’

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
By Paul Martin

By Thomas Lifson
June 11, 2019

The best reason of all to regain control of our southern border comes from an unexpected source: The UN’s World Health Organization (WHO).

Addressing the current outbreak of ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where there are 2,025 cases of Ebola and 1,357 deaths from the virus, WHO’s Michael Ryan, the official overseeing WHO’s response to it said:

“In a worse case scenario, I can definitely develop a scenario where this is going to take another year or two years,” Ryan said. “At this point, the outcome is effort-related. Are we prepared to make the immediate, sustained, comprehensive effort to bring this disease under control?”

Speaking to the BBC, he added:

“We are entering a very new phase of high impact epidemics and this isn’t just Ebola,” Dr Michael Ryan, the executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies programme told me.

He said the world is “seeing a very worrying convergence of risks” that are increasing the dangers of diseases including Ebola, cholera and yellow fever.

He said climate change, emerging diseases, exploitation of the rainforest, large and highly mobile populations, weak governments and conflict were making outbreaks more likely to occur and more likely to swell in size once they did.

Dr. Ryan said the World Health Organization was tracking 160 disease events around the world and nine were grade three emergencies (the WHO’s highest emergency level).

“I don’t think we’ve ever had a situation where we’re responding to so many emergencies at one time. This is a new normal, I don’t expect the frequency of these events to reduce.”

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