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How to Prevent the Spread of Ebola?

Across Western Africa, key public information messages around preventing the spread of the Ebola virus include:
· Avoid eating wild animals - especially monkeys, chimpanzees and bats.
· Do not eat any animals found dead.
· Use protective wear like gloves, glasses and masks whenever working with affected people or the deceased.
· Wash hands with soap after being in contact with affected people.
· Do not touch or move the bodies of those who have died from Ebola.
· Once the body has been disinfected and protected, burial rites can be performed safely.

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are battling the deadliest Ebola epidemic in recorded history. Save the Children is working urgently to halt the outbreak before it spirals further out of control.

What is Ebola?

A contagious, severe and often deadly virus with symptoms including sudden fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat, vomiting, diarrhoea, rashes and in some cases, bleeding from the mouth, nose, ears, anus and bladder.
There is no vaccine, no cure and no specific treatment. Patients are often dehydrated and treated with oral rehydration solutions or intravenous fluids.

How Many People Have Died Due to the Ebola Outbreak?*

In Mali and Guinea, there have been 427 suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola and 319 deaths. In Liberia, there have been 307 suspected cases of Ebola with 92 confirmed and 66 deaths. In Sierra Leone, there have been 500 confirmed cases of Ebola and 167 confirmed deaths. *Sources: Save the Children regularly receives updates from local ministries of health and the World Health Organization on the numbers of people affected by the outbreak.

How do people catch the Ebola virus?

According to WebMD, “you can get Ebola by coming into contact with the blood or body fluids of an animal or person who is infected.” Education and awareness are the keys to fighting this deadly Ebola outbreak.

In response, Save the Children is:

Training teachers, health workers, nurses, and local organizations on prevention measures against Ebola and distributing protective kits in schools.

  • Raising awareness including broadcasting messages, jingles and discussions on the radio, and printing posters, billboards and fliers letting people know how they can help guard against the virus and halt its spread.
  • Distributing essential medical equipment to health centers, including gloves, IV fluids, soap, buckets, rehydration treatments, drugs and antibiotics to treat the symptoms. We are also distributing prevention kits to schools, including soap, cleaning brushes, gloves, water mugs, washbasins, waste bins, chlorine and small individual boilers. To help survivors come to terms with their experiences, Save the Children is providing vital support. We are supporting the child welfare committees to work with children and investigate communities with high deaths to ensure there are no unaccompanied or orphaned children left behind.