The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the spread of Ebola in Nigeria and other West African countries an international health emergency according to a BBC report.
Officials of the global health body said a coordinated international response was essential to stop and reverse the spread of the virus.
The announcement was made at the end of a two-day emergency meeting in Switzerland by health experts.
So far more than 930 people have died from Ebola in West Africa this year.
The United Nations health agency said the outbreak was an “extraordinary event”
“The possible consequences of further international spread are particularly serious in view of the virulence of the virus, the intensive community and health facility transmission patterns, and the weak health systems in the currently affected and most at-risk countries,” it said in a statement.
The outbreak involves spread of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
The WHO said there would be no general ban on international travel or trade.
However, states should be prepared to detect, investigate and manage Ebola cases, including at airports, it said.
Other recommendations include:
• Good surveillance to pick up potential cases
• Giving people in affected countries up-to-date information on risks and
Effective measures to manage risks to healthcare workers.