WHO panel to decide if Ebola outbreak constitutes public health emergency of international concern

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A woman waits to enter an Ebola isolation ward to feed her husband, along with Liberian Ministry of Health, WHO, and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) personnel who are treating several Ebola patients located in the capital Monrovia. Photo: UNMIL/Staton Winter

Health experts are meeting at the World Health Organization (WHO) to decide whether the Ebola outbreak in West Africa constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.

If so, says WHO Spokesperson, Fadela Chaib, recommendations will be made to put in place temporary measures to reduce the spread of the diseases to other countries.

The latest figures show that in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria are estimated at 1,711 including 932 deaths.

Ms Chaib explains to Jérome Longué how this meeting came about.

Duration: 2’25″