Updated on 21 August 2014
The WHO has said that so far, 2,240 Ebola cases were notified with 1,229 deaths
Singapore: Ebola is continuing to spread its ghastly wings even as the World Health Organization has declared that the virus killed 84 people in just 3 days. The global health governing body said that as per the latest statistics, 2,240 cases were notified with 1,229 of them succumbing to the attack.
The UN agency said in a statement that it had set up a task force with the global airline and tourism industry and was working hand in hand with the International Civil Aviation Organization, the World Tourism Organization, Airports Council International (ACI), the International Air Transport Association and the World Travel and Tourism Council.
WHO has mentioned that the task force will help in providing a coordinated international response to contain the disease. The health agency also added that the task force would monitor the situation and provide timely information guides to the travel and tourism sector.
On August 8, the WHO had declared a global public health emergency over the outbreak of Ebola explaining that extraordinary measures were necessary to curb the disease.
Since the virus is not airborne, WHO has maintained that there is no restriction on travel and trade as the spread of the virus during air travel appears to be low. However, WHO reaffirmed that individual countries must follow precautionary measures and conduct screening at international airports.