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Ebola in West Africa: EU helps stop spread of disease

Ebola in West Africa: EU helps stop spread of disease
28/03/2014  - 

Following the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the European Commission is giving €500 000 to help contain the spread of the deadly virus in Guinea and neighbouring countries. The Commission has also sent a health expert to Guinea to help assess the situation and liaise with the local authorities.

"We are deeply concerned about the spread of this virulent disease and our support will help ensure immediate health assistance to those affected by it," said Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva. "It's vital that we act swiftly to prevent the outbreak from spreading, particularly to neighbouring countries."

The funding will be used by the Commission's humanitarian partner organisation Médecins Sans Frontières for clinical management, including the isolation of patients and psychosocial support, the tracing of suspected cases as well as the training and supply of protective equipment for health workers. There will also be awareness raising initiatives to help diminish the risk of the further spread of the virus. The EU is following closely how the situation develops with its Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). It is also working with international partners, notably the World Health Organization to track the outbreak.