The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is still a threat to the countries in the region, but there is no longer a significant risk of an international epidemic, with the affected areas diminishing, stated the World Health Organization official on Friday.


The worst Ebola brake in history was announced by the WHO in August last year, and the speeding of the disease began in December of 2013. The outbreak caused “public health emergency of international concern” and signed the alarms on the global scale.

The World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee, which conferred on Thursday, was firm in the opinion to maintain the view, WHO Special Representative for the Ebola Response, Dr. Bruce Aylward stated. The opinion of the Committee was that “the overall risk of international spread appears to have further reduced since January with a decline in case incidence and geographic distribution in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea” due to the actions taken in West Africa. But, no relaxing is allowed as the complete elimination of the fatal hemorrhagic fever is the ultimate goal of WHO.

During last week, 30 cases of the Ebola virus were confirmed, the smallest rate of new patients in over 11 months, reported the WHO on Wednesday. Guinea reported most of the cases, 21, but Liberia had no new patients. According to the WHO reports, so far, Ebola killed 10.587 people, infecting 25.556.

The caution is still high, as over 40 countries still use additional measures along with the recommended health measures, and some airlines still haven’t been reestablished.