2014-2015 West African Ebola outbreak: important steps forward but still a PHEIC

WHO Director-General Statement after the 8th meeting of IHR Emergency Committee

The 15th December 2015, by teleconference, the 8th meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) concerning Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa, took place.

The Committee reported that important steps forward have been moved, particularly in interrupting the original chains of Ebola virus transmission, but some new outbreaks – between March and November – occurred due to the re-introduction of Ebola virus from the survivor populations. Despite the emphasis given to the progresses made, especially in the rapid management performed during those last emergencies, the Committee believes that these outbreaks are “extraordinary event” that signal the need of international cooperation to support the affected States. The importance of informing the general public that “casual contact with survivors does not constitute a health risk” has been also underlined by the Committee.

As a consequence of all the above mentioned considerations, the Committee advised the Director General the Temporary Recommendations with nine incisive and effective measures.

The status of Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) for the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been confirmed.

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