The World Health Organization, otherwise known as WHO, has declared the Ebola Virus outbreak an international public health emergency, saying it will take an extraordinary response to stop the Ebola outbreak from continuing to spread.
WHO is calling for the international community to get more involved by sending foreign aid and sending workers on the ground. Dr. Margaret Chan said, “Countries affected to date simply do not have the capacity to manage an outbreak of this size and complexity on their own,” WHO is also urging other countries to be more aware and to be on the lookout for potential new Ebola transmissions popping up. It’s extremely important to identify the symptoms of Ebola and isolate anyone infected with virus.
The impact of the World Health Organization’s declaration remains to be seen. In the past, a similar declaration about Polio has not proven to have helped slow down the virus.