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Early treatment increases chances of survival for Ebola victims

10 September 2014, 10:03

Dakar - The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, on Tuesday advised victims of the Ebola Virus to seek early treatment as it could increase their chances of survival.

Grev Hunt, the Sub-Regional Coordinator on Ebola, made this known on the sidelines of the Forum on Ebola Communication and Prevention in Dakar, Senegal.

Hunt said that seeking early treatment for the disease could prevent further spread of the virus.

"Once every one in the population knows how to protect themselves, their family and their communities, then they can make sure they do not become infected.

"If they do become infected or if they know a neighbour who has become infected then the key message for them to communicate is seek early treatment.

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"If you seek early treatment it increases your chances of survival; if you do like the traditional method with most diseases you stay at home, your chances out of ten to survive is only one.

"If you tell your neighbour or your family or your relatives to go for early treatment then your chances of survival can be out of 10 people six will survive and those chances are so much better," he said.

According to the coordinator, when an infected individual seeks medical attention immediately, appropriate measures would be taken to ensure the person’s survival.



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