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BC-UN--WHO-Bungling Ebola,ADVISORY, UN

March 20, 2015

In a delay that some say may have cost lives, the World Health Organization resisted declaring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a public health emergency until months after staff considered raising the alarm and long after a senior manager called for a drastic change in strategy, The Associated Press has learned.

The AP obtained internal documents that detail the delay, and form the basis of a report chronicling behind-the-scenes deliberations — and problems — surrounding the Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 10,000.

The 2,700-word story by AP Medical Writer Maria Cheng and investigative reporter Raphael Satter, accompanied by video and photos, is available for immediate use. An abridged version at 800 words has also moved, along with a glance of key findings.

An interactive containing a selection of internal emails and documents is available at: http://interactives.ap.org/specials/interactives/_documents/who-ebola/

The AP commends this package to your attention.

For editorial questions, contact International Investigations Editor Trish Wilson at twilson@ap.org or 202-412-8652.

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