The Secretary-General of the U.N., Ban Ki-moon, said Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has “gone beyond health issues” and could even affect the political stability of the region.
“It has gone to the areas of affecting social and economic situations, it may even affect political stability if this is not properly contained and properly treated,” he said during a press briefing.
The Ebola virus has killed more than 2,400 people and there have been nearly 5,000 reported cases of the disease.
Ban said the U.N. is “taking the lead” in global efforts to fight Ebola, the Associated Press reports.
He will attend an emergency meeting Thursday between the U.S. and the World Health Organization to discuss a global “action plan” to contain the outbreak.
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama confirmed increased U.S. efforts to contain the spread of Ebola.
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