World Turns Its Attention to West African Ebola Crisis
The worst-ever Ebola outbreak is finally attracting attention from global leaders.
A virus that likely jumped from monkeys to hunters in rural West Africa last spring has now exceeded the ability of three nations there to control it, and threatens to become a global crisis.
On Friday, the head of the World Health Organization delivered a speech to the presidents of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Cote d’Ivoire to outline actions their nations must take to contain the largest-ever ebola outbreak. The WHO announced a $100 million pledge to send more medical staff to West Africa to stem the crisis.
Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia have reported 1,322 cases and 728 deaths from the disease so far. One additional man died in Nigeria after traveling from Liberia. (Related: “Q&A;: Ebola