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French medical team trains for Ebola aid mission to Guinea

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 01:09

A team of French healthcare workers are taking state-of-the-art medical equipment to Guinea where they will reinforce the global battle against Ebola. Brittany Peterson reports.

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Rigorous training has become mandatory for any health care worker preparing to venture to Ebola-plagued regions of West Africa. This team from France, is preparing to venture into Guinea...to lend a hand in the struggle to contain the virus which has killed nearly 5000 people across west Africa. But there are lesson to be learned - the correct use of protective gear being among the most critical. It's a potentially life-saving procedure not to be overlooked while in the field. Doctor Marie-Laure de Severac says travelling to Guinea may be dangerous... but it's her job. "Quite simply because I'm a doctor. When you're a doctor it's good to treat, or try to treat, people who are truly in need. So it's part of my job, I think it's normal." The disease is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person. The team is well aware that 240 health workers have been killed while treating Ebola patients. But they're confident that the precautions they're taking will keep them safe while trying to save others.

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French medical team trains for Ebola aid mission to Guinea

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 01:09