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EBOLA FACTS

Published:Friday | November 7, 2014 | 11:00 AM

n The West African nation of Senegal was able to manage and rid its country of Ebola by launching an aggressive, large-scale public-education campaign about the deadly disease.

n They used a novel SMS-driven platform originally designed to help people manage diabetes, along with its rapid infectious-disease control programme.

n The ministry of health, through partnership with major phone mobile operators, sent out four million SMS messages to the general public, warning of the dangers of Ebola.

n Senegal had one Ebola case, which resulted in successful recovery - a young man who had direct contact with an Ebola patient in Guinea and then travelled by road to Dakar. The World Health Organization declared Senegal Ebola-free on October 17.