International aid organisations launched series of emergency measures in West Africa against Ebola

Apr 11, 2014 15:30 IST

International aid organisations launched a series of emergency measures against Ebola across West Africa on 10 April 2014. The series of emergency measures have been launched to contain the worst ever outbreak of the virus in the country that threatens almost every country of the region. Since January 2014, about 110 people have already died in Guinea and Liberia.

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The Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) announced emergency training for 70 people who will work in Mali and Sierra Leone.  UNICEF is also setting up a special alert and response operation centre within the Guinean health ministry and training staff in main hospital of Guinea and other health facilities.

UNICEF along with WHO and other agencies to spread awareness by sending text messages and links to a specially written five-minute radio drama and television shows automatically to mobile phones across west Africa in numerous languages.

About Ebola
Ebola is a severe acute viral illness often characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. It is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding.

Ebola is introduced into the human population through direct contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals. No vaccine, cure or specific treatment is available for Ebola.

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