The deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) has surfaced in the sub-region of West Africa, affecting Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone; this is the largest outbreak ever recorded. The aggressive virus is among those that have neither cure nor vaccine to date. The fatality rate is 90 percent, and usually kills within a week of exposure.
Since this is the first time this virus is affecting people in this part of Africa, the population is ignorant about its nature, effects, symptoms and means of prevention. People are therefore very much at risk, and more awareness needs to be raised.
PDA is responding through our mission partner the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone (CCSL) and as a member of the ACT Alliance. Response includes raising awareness on symptoms and infection prevention methods; training of trainers so that accurate information about the Ebola virus, its transmission and prevention can be shared with wider communities; and construction of an isolation center where patients can be observed and treated.
PDA is monitoring reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other sources in the United States to determine an appropriate national response should a need arise.
Statement from Presbyterian World Mission - No Mission Co-workers in Outbreak Areas
We wanted to let you know that NO PC(USA) mission co-workers are in areas where there has been an outbreak of the Ebola virus. (August 1, 2014)