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Vol 55 No 16

Published 8th August 2014


The Ebola epidemic

The crisis might have been contained if politicians had acted more quickly and health services were not neglected

Following the death of more than 900 people in West Africa from the worst outbreak of Ebola so far and with potential carriers arriving in the United States and Middle East, the international system has at last swung into action. The United Nations World Health Organisation held a two-day conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on 6-7 August to consider declaring a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. WHO officials are consulting on the ethics of endorsing the use of experimental treatments for Ebola after trial drugs were given to two US aid workers infected in Liberia.

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