Sayidangwa Kunafonin

Sayidangwa Kunafonin

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While there is no specific drug against Ebola, the best treatment is intensive supportive treatment
provided in the hospital by health workers using strict infection control procedures. The infection
can be controlled through recommended protective measures.
10. How does WHO protect health during outbreaks?
WHO provides technical advice to countries and communities to prepare for and respond to Ebola
outbreaks.
WHO actions include:
• disease surveillance and information‐sharing across regions to watch for outbreaks;
• technical assistance to investigate and contain health threats when they occur – such as on‐site
help to identify sick people and track disease patterns;
• advice on prevention and treatment options;
• deployments of experts and the distribution of health supplies (such as personal protection gear
for health workers) when they are requested by the country; • communications to raise awareness of the nature of the disease and protective health measures
to control transmission of the virus; and
• activation of regional and global networks of experts to provide assistance, if requested, and
mitigate potential international health effects and disruptions of travel and trade.
11. During an outbreak, numbers of cases reported by health officials can go up and down?
Why?
During an Ebola outbreak, the affected country’s public health authority reports its disease case
numbers and deaths. Figures can change daily. Case numbers reflect both suspected cases and
laboratory‐confirmed cases of Ebola. Sometimes numbers of suspected and confirmed cases are
reported together. Sometimes they are reported separately. Thus, numbers can shift between
suspected and confirmed cases.

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