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Ebola kills at least 399 in West Africa - WHO

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 - 01:40

Western Africa hit with the worst outbreak of Ebola since the disease first surfaced in 1976. Deborah Gembara reports.

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In Sierra Leone, battling the deadliest outbreak of Ebola since 1976. The World Health Organization say it has already claimed 399 lives across West Africa. Doctors here say one thing is behind the deadly disease's rapid spread --- ignorance. SOUNDBITE: DR SHEK MOAR KHAN, HEAD OF THE LASSA FEVER PROGRAMME SAYING: "For some reasons, we tried explaining it as best as possible to our people, reaching them through our outreach team, through the communities through paramount chiefs, religious elders. For them to understand that this disease is natural. It is not a mystery, but simply it is a disease that somebody can acquire, and if only they could listen appropriately to our advice, then we can break the chain of transmission." Dr. Shek Moar Khan, Head Of The Lassa Fever Programme says many local residents ignore the symptoms - and wishes more people would just come in get tested. Even worse, they allow the uninfected to handle the burials of those impacted. SOUNDBITE: DR SHEK MOAR KHAN, HEAD OF THE LASSA FEVER PROGRAMME SAYING: "Don't forget, by the time people are dead with the Ebola, they are more infectious than all. So if they take care of their burial on their own, 10 more will be infected." The WHO has so far registered 635 cases of infection. They're also warning neighboring west African countries that infected travelers could cause the disease to spread even faster. They've stopped short however of recommending travel restrictions.

Ebola kills at least 399 in West Africa - WHO

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 - 01:40

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