U.N. Security Council to discuss Ebola crisis at emergency meeting

A health care worker disinfecting a taxi in Liberia at an Ebola treatment center. | WHO/R. Sørensen
The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the Ebola crisis that has spread through West Africa.

The scope of the outbreak is unprecedented, impacting the countries of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. More than 4,000 cases and 2,200 deaths have been reported in the region. West Africa's healthcare systems, already fragile, have suffered as a result of the epidemic.

Samantha Power, an ambassador for the United States, said the crisis can be contained if the international community joins together to face it. The emergency meeting was requested by the United States as a result of the "increasingly grim situation."

The Council also adopted a resolution to extend the mandate of the U.N. Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). The 8,000 personnel of UNMIL include military, police and civilian staff. As part of the resolution, the Council urged the international community to respond as soon as possible to the need for equipment, preventative measures and qualified medical professionals.

Additionally, FIFA, the soccer's world governing body, has offered the use of the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia to set up two large Ebola treatment units. This announcement came after the stadium was identified by the World Health Organization as the best location for the units.

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