Nations In Americas Join In Battle Against Ebola

Ebola strain
Posted at 3:06 PM, Oct 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-31 15:06:00-04

HAVANA (AP) - Countries from around the Americas have agreed to work together in their response to Ebola, adopting similar procedures in such things as the establishment of epidemiological monitoring centers and coordinating the transport of biological samples.


About 200 epidemiology experts and health officials from 24 countries, including the United States and Canada, met in Havana on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss their response to the epidemic.


A document from the meeting lays out "lines of action" that the countries say they'll follow to combat the disease.


The meeting was called by ALBA, a forum of left-leaning Latin countries founded by Cuba and Venezuela as a counterweight to U.S. influence. The meeting is part of Cuba's anti-Ebola effort that includes sending at least 256 doctors and nurses to West Africa this month.

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