World Health Organization Delayed Declaring Ebola An Emergency For 2 Months

March 20, 2015 6:05 AM

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World Health Organization Delayed Declaring Ebola An Emergency For 2 Months

The World Health Organization (WHO) had avoided declaring Ebola as an international emergency for about two months partly due to political reasons since the outbreak of the disease started last year, documents and internal emails obtained by the Associated Press (AP) showed. The organization had earlier accepted that it was slow in its response to the disease, which has killed over 10,000 people so far. It had blamed the contagious and mutating nature of the virus for the outbreak.

Senior staff in Africa had proposed announcing the disease as an emergency in June. However, WHO had waited until August to do so, AP reported Friday, citing the documents. The organization was concerned that the announcement of an emergency could upset the countries involved, interfere with their m...

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