[T]his morning, the World Health Organization announced the results of their two-day deliberations regarding the continuing outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. It’s official. The members voted unanimously to label Ebola Virus Disease and the current conditions of the outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
So, what does that mean? Basically, it means WHO is now dictating behavior within affected ‘states’ (countries) and those countries with ‘possible’ cases. The current states in West Africa will have to declare national emergencies and allow their health ministers more power.
Here is what might happen here very soon:
States with a potential or confirmed Ebola Case, and unaffected States with land borders with affected States
To learn more about the guidelines, read the full statement via WHO | WHO Statement on the Meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee Regarding the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa.