Ebola families urged to avoid traditional mourning practices

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A nurse comforts a patient who has been diagnosed to have the Ebola virus. Photo: WHO/Chris Black

The families of victims of the Ebola virus in West Africa are being urged by the World Health Organization (WHO) to avoid traditional mourning practices.

More than 450 people have died from the disease since March this year in three West African countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Ebola which kills 90 per cent of those who catch it, is spread by direct contact with the blood and body fluids of infected animals or people.

Experts are meeting on Wednesday and Thursday in Accra, Ghana to come up with a plan to curtail what is the largest ever outbreak of the disease.

Sophie Outhwaite asked WHO's Daniel Epstein about the current situation on the ground.

Duration: 4'13"

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