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U.N.: Ebola outbreak a public health emergency
World Health Organization » The agency convened an expert committee this week to assess the severity of the epidemic.


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This week, two of the worst-hit Ebola countries — Liberia and Sierra Leone — brought in troops to enforce quarantines and stop people infected with the disease from traveling. Liberian authorities said no one with a fever would be allowed in or out of the country and warned some civil liberties could be suspended if needed to bring the killer virus under control.

The disease spread from Liberia to Nigeria when a man apparently sick with Ebola boarded a plane, according to the Nigerian government. Nigerian authorities say the man, who later died, was not placed into isolation for at least 24 hours after he was hospitalized. A nurse who treated him has since died from Ebola and authorities are monitoring seven other cases among people who had contact with him.

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Chan said while extraordinary measures might be necessary to contain the Ebola outbreak, it was important to recognize civil rights.

"We need to respect the dignity of people and inform them why these measures are being taken," she said.




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