These pictorials are to create public awareness on the deadly Ebola virus. The campaign is being championed by Ghana’s Multimedia Group and the International SOS.
The Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) has been described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. It is one of the world’s most virulent diseases.
The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people.
Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care.
During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients.
Ebola virus disease outbreaks can devastate families and communities, but the infection can be controlled through the use of recommended protective measures in clinics and hospitals, at community gatherings, or at home.
Disease update from the World Health Organization
New cases and deaths attributable to EVD continue to be reported by the Ministries of Health in the three West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
Between 21 and 23 July 2014, 108 new cases of EVD, including 12 deaths were reported from the three countries as follows: Guinea, 12 new cases and 5 deaths; Liberia, 25 new cases with 2 deaths; and Sierra Leone, 71 new cases and 5 deaths.
These numbers include laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases and deaths of EVD.