Ebola: SA health ministry calls urgent meeting

The world's worst outbreak of Ebola has claimed the lives of 1,069 people.

FILE: A member of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) putting on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry, where people infected with the Ebola virus are being treated. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Ministry of Health has called an urgent briefing in Gauteng on the Ebola outbreak.

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases will address the media shortly at the Edenvale Hospital.

The world's worst outbreak of Ebola has claimed the lives of 1,069 people and there are 1,975 probable and suspected cases, the vast majority in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to new figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Three people have died in Nigeria.

The WHO has told a United Nations meeting every city with an international airport is at risk of an imported case of Ebola.

Meanwhile, Guinea is the latest country to declare a public health emergency over the Ebola epidemic.

The health ministry has confirmed its sending health workers to all affected border points.

An estimated 377 people have died in Guinea since the world's worst outbreak of Ebola began in March in remote parts of a border region next to Sierra Leone and Liberia.