As of August 16, the total number of Ebola cases was 2,240, WHO reports

NEW YORK (CIHAN)- The United Nation (UN) Senior System Coordinator for Ebola, David Nabarro, said today (19 August) that the disease “is affecting how societies work” and has a variety of social, economic, humanitarian, and political repercussions.

Nabarro, speaking to reporters in New York, said “it may have security impacts” and called for a “really comprehensive support operation” involving “all the different assets, tools, capacities, in our United Nations system.”

The UN health official said he was “very pleased” that the World Health Organization (WHO) is looking at ways in which access to experimental treatments “can be fast-tracked.”

He said that this “has got to be done in a way that does not shortcut the proper procedures for developing new therapies and vaccines.”

Nabarro made clear that Ebola “is only transmissible if you actually touch and have contact with body fluids from an infected person” adding that it was “not appropriate that people should be shunned.”

He stated that the UN’s “fundamental role here is one of supporting people and their communities and also of strengthening and responding to the governments of the countries that are affected by Ebola virus disease.”

WHO reported that as of August 16, the total number of Ebola cases was 2,240 with 1,229 deaths in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

In its latest assessment, WHO said at present, no cases have been confirmed anywhere else in the world outside the four affected countries – Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.