WHO: Ebola is no longer a public health emergency of international concern

  • Dr Margaret Chan during the press conference

    Dr Margaret Chan during the press conference Photo: WHO/C. Black

The Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General Margaret Chan regarding the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa 2013-2015, has declared that the Public Health Emergency of International Concern due to the outbreak, is now over. According to the Committee, the risk of international spread of the virus is low, and states are considered capable of managing and treating any new cases of the disease. The Committee emphasized that all remaining travel restrictions to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone which were hardest hit by the epidemic, should be lifted.

However, the Committee also stressed the importance of maintaining the capacity to respond to new cases of the disease in sub-Saharan Africa where Ebola is still present in the ecosystem. The Committee also emphasized the importance of continuing research in order to develop vaccines against the disease and prevent new outbreaks. So far, a vaccine called Merck’s rVSV-ZEBOV has in trials proved safe and effective against the disease. Read more about Ebola and the Committee's report here.