European Commissioner Borg releases statement on ebola

Tonio Borg, the commissioner for health and consumer policy with the European Union, released a statement on Friday outlining the EU's involvement in the fight against the ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Borg acknowledged the high death toll of the disease, as well as the Spanish citizen who contracted ebola in Liberia and returned to Spain for treatment.

"My thoughts are with the victims and their families," Borg said. "I pay tribute to the affected communities in their struggles and the many thousands of people who are engaged in front line efforts to combat Ebola - including many volunteers from the EU."

Borg said that the risk of ebola traveling to the EU is very low.

The commissioner also said that the EU is working with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the World Health Organization, as well as member states, to develop a coordinated preparedness response to ebola in the EU.

The World Health Organization declared on Friday that ebola is a Public Health Emergency of National Concern, which could trigger a coordinated international response to fight the disease.

The ebola outbreak has killed more than 900 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone this year. Two U.S. health workers recently became infected with the disease and are now receiving treatment at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.