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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the epidemic constitutes an international public health emergency, adding that the virus could continue spreading for months.
The latest WHO figures on Friday showed the worsening toll. Some 1,779 people have been infected and 961 people have died in the most severe outbreak in the 40 years since it was first identified in humans.
Chief medical officer Professor Chris Baggoley, who was on the WHO’s expert committee, says the declaration is designed to bolster international solidarity to fight the outbreak.
“This just helps facilitate a coordinated international response,” he said.