BRUSSELS, April 11 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) is stepping up its efforts to contain the spread of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and assist those affected by the deadly virus, an EU statement said Friday.
The European Commission has increased its funding for immediate health operations, experts and risk assessments to 1.1 million euros (around 1.5 million U.S. dollars).
"We are reinforcing our support to partner organizations in Guinea and neighboring countries to ensure urgently needed healthcare to those hit by the epidemic and to stop it from further expanding," said Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.
The Ebola virus outbreak in the region was publicly announced by the Guinean government in March.
A total of 157 suspected cases, including 101 deaths, have been reported in Guinea and 21 suspected cases in Liberia, the statement said.