WHO offers details on efforts to contain Ebola in Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) released an outline Monday of its response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

In the outline, it mentions the training for those handling the recently deceased, aimed at facilitating safe burial practices to prevent the bodies of infected individuals from spreading the disease post-mortem. The training imposes practices that are respectful of the wishes of loved ones, and the deceased are buried with dignity.

Included in front-line training were effective measures to trace contacts and safely determine whether infection occurred. WHO worked with France, the United Kingdom and the U.S. to facilitate an international response.

In Guinea, 75 doctors received training to supervise health care professionals who would be at high risk for infection. In Liberia, at least 100 individuals have received training in a "hot zone" capacity. Domestic and international health care professionals and volunteers were trained in-clinic.

In Sierra Leone, with help from the 4,115 U.K.-trained health care workers, hygienists and others were briefed on the basics of using personal protective equipment, and infection prevention and control. Additional clinics will be opening, and more personnel will receive hot-zone training.

The organization's efforts to connect with the communities proved vital in improving their chances of detecting and preventing additional cases from popping up.

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