A South Korean quarantine officer, left, checks body temperature of a passenger against possible infections of Ebola virus at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Choe Jae-koo)
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The World Health Organization Friday declared the killer Ebola epidemic that is ravaging parts of West Africa was an international health emergency and appealed for global aid to help afflicted countries.The decision came after a rare meeting of the U.N. health body's emergency committee, which urged screening of all people flying out of affected countries, where nearly 1,000 people have died.The WHO stopped short of calling for global travel restrictions, urging airlines to take strict precautions but to continue flying to the West African countries hit by the outbreak.Chan said only a small part of Africa had been affected so there was little reason to fear that all countries would see Ebola cases.Ebola had by Wednesday claimed at least 961 lives and infected nearly 1,800 people since breaking out in Guinea earlier this year, with 29 people dying in just two days, the WHO said.Fatality rates can approach 90 percent, but the latest outbreak has killed around 55-60 percent of those infected.
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