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Haliborange Ebola facts - HEALTH-CARE WORKERS MUST BE CAREFUL

Published:Thursday | November 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The World Health Organization (WHO) is re-emphasising that health-care workers need to take greater care in protecting themselves, even as they courageously and selflessly work hard to stem the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

According to the latest data, a total of 523 health-care workers have been infected with Ebola up to October 29 - 82 in Guinea, 299 in Liberia, 127 in Sierra Leone, one in Spain and three in the United States.

A total of 269 health-care workers have died from the disease in this recent outbreak. The 2014 Ebola outbreak has the highest proportion of doctors, nurses, and other health-care workers being infected.

WHO is undertaking extensive investigation to determine the cause of infection in each case. Infection prevention and control quality-assurance checks are now under way at every Ebola treatment unit in the three intense-transmission countries - Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

WHO is working hard to ensure health-care workers have ample supply of Personal Protective Equipment, along with training and updated guidelines in donning and doffing those protective gear, to ensure they are exposed to the minimum possible level of risk.