2014-10-27

Will Ebola Crisis Cancel ICANN 52 Meeting in Marrakech, Morocco?

ICANN avoided the "E word" but it is clear the Ebola crisis caused ICANN to issue this statement:

Statement on ICANN 52 Meeting in Marrakech, Morocco - ICANN: "Following Morocco's recent request to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament because of possible African travel restrictions, ICANN is in active and ongoing discussions with our ICANN 52 Marrakech hosts. ICANN is considering postponing the meeting in Marrakech scheduled for 8-12 February, 2015 as the likelihood of travel restrictions being imposed on nationals from African countries would reduce participation in the meeting. ICANN's multistakeholder, bottom up model relies on the broad, active participation of communities across geography and society. ICANN staff is working closely with the ICANN Board and its Community representatives. No decision has been taken yet, however ICANN understands the importance of providing timely updates and path forward on the status and location of ICANN 52."

About Ebola (source: cdc.gov)-- Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with a strain of Ebola virus. The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. The risk of an Ebola outbreak affecting multiple people in the U.S. is very low. What you need to know: Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood and body fluids of a person already showing symptoms of Ebola. Ebola is not spread through the air, water, food, or mosquitoes.

More information and current map of West Africa Ebola Outbreak:
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/distribution-map.html

Also see: ICANN 52 Marrakech info and registration




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