World Health Organisation downgrades Ebola risk


The World Health Organisation (WHO) has downgraded the risk of Ebola.

The global health body said the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa no longer constitutes as a “public health emergency of international concern”.

Although new clusters of cases continue to occur, the risk of international spread is now considered to be “low”, according to the WHO’s Emergency Committee.

Countries affected by the outbreak now have the capacity to respond rapidly when cases emerge, it said.

Any restrictions on travel and trade with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone should be lifted immediately, the committee added.

As of March 13, there have been 28,639 cases of Ebola virus disease and 11,316 deaths, according to WHO figures.

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