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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.
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.