Spread of Ebola virus in Europe very low: WHO

The risk of spreading the Ebola virus disease in Europe is very low, says Zsuzsanna Jakab, the World Health Organisation's regional director for Europe on Wednesday.

Zee Media Bureau

Geneva: The risk of spreading the Ebola virus disease in Europe is very low, says Zsuzsanna Jakab, the World Health Organisation's regional director for Europe on Wednesday.

According to Xinhua, Jakab said that sporadic cases of Ebola virus disease in Europe were unavoidable due to travel between Europe and affected countries in Africa.

She added that the risk of accidental contamination for people exposed to Ebola patients did exist "which can be and must be mitigated with strict infection control measures".

In the World, European countries were among the best prepared to respond to viral hemorrhagic fever, including Ebola.

On the frontline of the Ebola fight, healthcare workers are those most at risk of infection and need to be protected and supported by all means.

Jakab called on all countries to have protocols and procedures to be implemented when a case is suspected. "WHO is, as always, ready to provide help and support where requested," she added.

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