The fight against the Ebola epidemic is increasingly turning into an international emergency. The number of victims is growing rapidly in the three most severely affected countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Patients have also died in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria. The World Health Organization reports that the most serious epidemic in the history of this hemorrhagic fever has already killed more than 2,800 people out of 5,833 cases as of 20 September.

The United Nations Security Council has adopted Resolution 2177 to deal with the public health crisis. On 18 September, 131 countries co-sponsored the resolution, which recognizes “the unprecedented extent of the Ebola epidemic in Africa” and describes the creation of a special mission, the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). US President Barack Obama has announced that he is sending 3,000 American troops to West Africa, in view of the worsening crisis, with the virus spreading exponentially. [Read more] – Michael’s Blog