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Efforts scaled up to combat Ebola outbreaks: WHO

English.news.cn   2014-04-10 21:45:34

GENEVA, April 10 (Xinhua) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners have scaled up response to the deadly Ebola virus outbreaks as the number of confirmed cases and deaths continued to rise.

According to the latest figures, 157 people, including 101 deaths, have been infected with the Ebola virus in Guinea. As of Thursday, 66 cases have been confirmed by laboratory analysis.

To upgrade contact tracing in capital city of Conakry, WHO has organized an intensive training for a first group of 70 trainees, who will go into the communities to follow up on specific persons who had close contacts with confirmed patients.

Meanwhile, WHO is setting up an operation centre for alert and response within the Guinean Ministry of Health to coordinate activities linked to detection, search, transportation, hospitalization and burial of suspected cases.

The deadly virus, with a fatality rate up to 90 percent, has already spread across six districts of the country, which represented a particular challenge to mobilize different resources from national and international partners to put in place the necessary response measures.

WHO has deployed more than 50 people on the ground supporting the Ministry of Health and other partners to provide clinical management of patients, contact tracing, disease surveillance, laboratory work, logistics, as well as information-sharing and social mobilization and communication.

Despite there are no vaccine and specific treatment designated to cure the disease, eight infected patients in Guinea have so far recovered as the possible benefits of early supportive care such as hydration, nutrition and appropriate medication.

WHO stressed that the only way to stop transmission and subsequent deaths is raising awareness of the risk factors and take the protective measures.

The UN health body suggested close unprotected physical contact with Ebola patients should be avoided and those who have died from the disease should be promptly and safely buried.

Editor: Fu Peng
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