IN­TER­NA­TIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH EMER­GENCY

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Lindis Hu­rum, emer­gency co­or­di­na­tor for Médecins Sans Fron­tières (MSF or Doc­tors With­out Bor­ders) in Liberia’s cap­i­tal, Mon­rovia, de­scribed the sit­u­a­tion there as “cat­a­strophic”, say­ing at least 40 health work­ers were in­fected, most of the city’s hos­pi­tals had closed down and that bod­ies were ly­ing in the streets and in houses. Dr Mar­garet Chan, WHO direc­tor gen­eral, de­clared the out­break an in­ter­na­tional public health emer­gency and ad­mit­ted that it was mov­ing “faster than we can con­trol it”. She called for a global co­or­di­nated ef­fort to com­bat what she termed “the largest, most se­vere and most com­plex out­break in the nearly four decade his­tory of this dis­ease”. GAUT­ENG AIR­PORTS MOST AT RISK Fin­week in­ter­views with the two South African med­i­cal ex­perts re­spon­si­ble for prevent­ing Ebola from gain­ing a

Dr Mar­garet Chan

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