WHO urges 'drastic action' on Ebola outbreak in Africa

Staff of the "Doctors without Borders" medical aid organisation carry the body of a person killed by viral haemorrhagic fever, at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guekedou, Guinea on April 1, 2014 (AFP Photo/Seyllou)

Geneva (AFP) - The World Health Organization warned Thursday that dramatic steps were needed to fight a deadly Ebola outbreak in west Africa, calling a meeting of health ministers from 11 countries to address the crisis.

"As the number of deaths and cases of Ebola virus continues to rise in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization is warning that drastic action is needed," the UN agency said in a statement.