WHO warns of possible Ebola outbreak in US as doctors begin work on new treatments
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday issued a public health alert for people in West Africa who may have come into contact with Ebola patients, saying the virus may be spreading to new locations.
The alert comes as doctors in the United States begin the first stage of a clinical trial of a novel drug that could treat Ebola patients’ symptoms.
The virus has killed more than 11,500 people and infected nearly 6,300 others in Africa.
In the United Kingdom, where the outbreak began, the government said Wednesday that a man from the West African nation of Guinea died Wednesday after contracting the virus from an infected woman.
In a statement, the British government said that the man, who was in his 40s, had contracted the virus after he traveled to Guinea.
“The man had contact with an infected person in his home country, and the woman he was with reported he had symptoms of Ebola,” the government added.
An official from the World Health Organization said Wednesday the outbreak is still active in West African nations, and there are concerns that people may return to infected areas from which they were infected.
“There is no immediate indication that the virus is spreading outside of West Africa,” the WHO’s assistant director-general, Tom Frieden, said in a statement.
“But we have seen that the number of cases is rising and the number in isolation in some of these countries is rising.”
A U.S. health official said Thursday that there were some cases of Ebola in New York City.
New York City has seen at least 14 new cases of the disease in its subway system since Thursday, according to the city’s Health Department.
On Wednesday, New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo said that his administration would ask federal agencies to help distribute food, water, medical care and other supplies to help residents of West African countries get back on their feet.
A spokesman for the governor said Thursday the governor would meet with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and other world leaders on Wednesday to discuss the outbreak.
More: Cuomo said he had received assurances from the U.K. that its hospitals have been able to handle the strain of the virus.
Guterres said Thursday in a phone interview with CNN that the U-K.
is ready to work with the U, U.C.L.A., the World Bank and other international organizations to provide all necessary assistance.
U.S., U.A.E. call for ‘robust response’ from governmentsThe United States and the United A.E., a group of 28 African nations in the Americas, issued a joint statement Wednesday urging governments to “quickly mobilize their resources and take steps to strengthen their capacity to respond to, and respond to quickly to, a rapid spread of the pandemic” and call on the U to “provide rapid access to treatment, quarantine and safe and secure housing, sanitation and other essential services.”
The statement said that “the outbreak poses a threat to international health systems and the security of the world community.”
“We are encouraged that governments across the continent are taking concrete steps to protect themselves and their citizens, including through the establishment of a rapid response team and the formation of a global medical evacuation team,” the statement said.
President Barack Obama said Thursday he expects the United Nations to be able to provide support for “all necessary assistance” to help the United African countries, which have been working with international agencies to contain the outbreak in their own countries.
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