Ebola Outbreak Leads to Emergency World Health Organization Meeting

Global health experts are meeting to discuss the Ebola outbreak and whether or not to declare the outbreak a global health emergency.  The World Health Organization, also known as WHO, will be meeting for the next couple of days.

The Ebola Virus has now killed close to nine hundred people in West Africa.  Since the outbreak began in Guinea it has spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.  Nigeria experienced their second Ebola death last Wednesday and there are five reported cases in Nigeria’s largest city.  A man who died in Saudi Arabia last week is suspected to have died from an Ebola infection.  When the results come back, if he in fact died of Ebola, he will be the first Ebola death outside of West Africa.   There have been many people suspected to be infected with Ebola in the U.S. but all so far have turned out to not be Ebola (other than Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who were transported to the U.S. from Liberia for treatment).

With the outbreak possibly spreading beyond West Africa top health experts are revving up conversations about what to do.  Infectious disease experts have called for experimental treatments to be offered more widely, such as the experimental serum given to Dr. Brantly and Nancy Writebol.