WHO warns of Ebola threat, as Cameron holds Cobra meeting

The Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 3,400 people since it began in December 2013, can be expected to spread to developed countries, a World Health Organisation official has said.

Professor Peter Piot said that more cases of Ebola must be expected among medical staff, even in developed countries with high standards of healthcare experience.

He said: “There will be people, most likely in intensive care units, who may become infected… particularly when you are dealing with patients with Ebola, who are sick, is a very risky business and the slightest mistake can be fatal.”

But he added that he thought there was no risk for further outbreaks of the disease.

Meanwhile, WHO’s European director, Zsuzsanna Jakab, speaking about recent Ebola infection in Spain said it was “quite unavoidable … that such incidents will happen in the future because of the extensive travel from Europe to the affected countries and the other way around”.

In the UK, David Cameron has scheduled an emergency Cobra meeting to discuss the outbreak and spread of the lethal disease.

Ahead of the meeting, Cameron has been speaking to the President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma to find out what help the UK can provide, the Guardian reports.

A Downing Street spokesman said the president  had explained to Cameron that the situation in the country “continued to be very serious and they were increasing their response, with a need to train more medical staff, have a better system for servicing treatment centres and improve the burial process”.

The spokesman added: “The prime minister said the UK would continue to do all it could to support their efforts.”

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  • Jo Egan

    It is unlikely that this deadly disease is going to disappear soon and is likely to cause more deaths and consequences around the world. We can only have the uppermost respect for the medics on the front line risking their lives as they assist sufferers but there are also so many indirect effects away from the front line. Already we have seen travel industry share prices drop this week, international conferences and travel is starting to be affected. http://www.hoteldesk.co.uk/posts/ebola-virus-requires-hotel-desk-to-relocate-clients-conferences-from-west-africa-to-europe/ Lets hope Cameron and Cobra can come up with a constructive plan to provide aid and support to restrict and eliminate this disease.

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