10/13/2014
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  Tishrei 19, 5775 , 13/10/14

WHO Calls Ebola Modern World's Worst Health Crisis

The Associated Press reported that The World Health Organization (WHO) said the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is "the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times" but added that economic disruptions can be curbed if people are adequately informed to avoid irrational moves to dodge infection.

World Health Organization Director-General, Margaret Chan, citing World Bank figures, said Monday that 90 percent of economic costs of any outbreak "come from irrational and disorganized efforts of the public to avoid infection."

In her statement to a regional health conference in Manila, which was read by a WHO official, Chan says educating the public about any disease outbreak is a "good defense strategy." She praised the Philippines for holding an anti-Ebola summit last week. 

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