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How US Helps West African Nations to Contain Spread of Ebola Virus

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Can US and WHO Stop the Spread of Virus?

As the ebola outbreak continues to kill and infect individuals, the United States of America today outlined its responses to help West African nations to contain the spread of virus.

The US also is working with the World Health Organization and other international partners to contain the outbreak of the Ebola virus as quickly as possible.

US agencies, particularly the Department of State, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Department of Defense (DOD) are doubling their efforts to help and assist affected countries in addressing the outbreak.

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A hospital isolation ward in Gulu, Uganda, during the October 2000 outbreak. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. assistance includes equipment and other essential supplies, public health messaging efforts, and technical and medical expertise.

The US Department of State issued a Travel Warning on August 7, 2014 for planned travel to Liberia where the ebola virus is raging dominantly.

In addition, no Ebola-related travel restrictions have been issued by the State Department for Guinea, Nigeria, or Sierra Leone.

Ebola Virus Raging In West Africa

According to reports, the ebola outbreak in West Africa has infected at least 1,400 and killed 826 since March this year.

Th outbreak has spread in 60 locations in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Health experts believe the spread of the outbreak is due to the close proximity to the jungle where the virus was first identified.

Ebola Virus as Killer

The symptoms include having flu-like symptoms particularly headache, fever, fatigue. Then, it is followed by diarrhea and vomiting, and the virus shuts off the blood's ability to clot, leading patients to suffer from internal and external hemorrhaging. Ebola kills 90% of patients within 10 days.

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