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Ebola crisis has alerted politicians to global health threats, debate hears

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 26 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1096
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

The Ebola virus epidemic has led to a “seismic political shift” in international attitudes to global health security, says Brian McCloskey, adviser to the United Nations’ special envoy on Ebola.

McCloskey, who is on secondment from his job as director of global health at Public Health England, told a debate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine that Ebola had “galvanised politicians to realise that health crises go beyond health . . . Ebola was a major risk to the global economy.”

He said that the Ebola outbreak has been different from the H1N1 influenza pandemic, in that governments did not fear that H1N1 would threaten international financial markets. “Ebola has brought down the economy of west Africa …

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