GENEVA, April 7 (Xinhua) -- The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has issued an emergency appeal of 1,292,372 Swiss francs (1.4 million U.S. dollars), as Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea continued.
As of Monday, a total of 54 cases have been confirmed in Guinea, along with 143 suspected cases and 86 fatalities, since the outbreak was announced on March 21, according to a statement from IFRC on Monday.
The deadly Ebola virus, which first surfaced in the rural areas of southern Guinea, has since spread to the capital city of Conakry.
The emergency appeal, aimed to support more than three million people in at-risk communities in Gueckedou, Macenta, Kissidougou and Conakry, came after IFRC released 142,102 Swiss francs from its Disaster Emergency Relief Fund on March 28.
The appeal will be used in providing community level information and health promotion, disinfecting dwellings after confirmed Ebola cases, assisting in the collection and removal of dead bodies, and tracing people who may have come into contact with those carrying the virus.
Meanwhile, IFRC is increasing its support to the region through the deployment of nine more health specialists. The Red Cross Society of Guinea is also increasing the number of volunteers involved in the response from 100 to 400.
"Scaling up our response at this time is crucial as we continue to see new cases on a daily basis," said Panu Saaristo from IFRC field assessment coordination team. "We are not seeing an end to the outbreak just yet."