‘The WHO has announced that it is working on a six to nine-month plan against Ebola, an operational document that will detail the strategy against the virus,’ UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Friday.

‘The plan should be presented early next week,’ Dujarric was quoted saying. Meanwhile, UN system coordinator for Ebola, David Nabarro is wrapping up his visit to Monrovia and Liberia following a press conference on the matter.

‘In light of the recent decision by several countries to close their borders to people travelling from Ebola-affected countries, the WHO reiterates that it does not recommend any ban on international travel or trade,’ Dujarric said.

 

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World Health Organization to introduce Ebola response Plan
WHO Ebola rescue Plan to be implemented in West Africa
WHO does not implement any ban on international travel or trade
WHO reiterates that Ebola Virus is not airborne and spreads only through physical contact
Ebola spread through Body fluids

Dujarric also quoted the WHO as saying that closing borders does not work and is detrimental, as affected countries will be pushed towards a humanitarian crisis and the international community's ability to fight and reverse the Ebola outbreak will be hampered.

‘The WHO and its partners also continue to highlight that the virus is not airborne and that becoming infected requires direct physical contact with body fluids of people who have been infected or died from Ebola," Dujarric added.

Ebola spreads through body fluids and has killed over 1,300 people in West African countries this year.

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